Port Moresby General Hospital Hits Crisis State Admitting and Managing Covid-19 Cases


The scale-down of clinical services at the Port Moresby General Hospital has been extended for another two weeks.

A statement on the hospital’s Facebook page says this comes as the hospital hits crisis mode due to the increased burden of admitting and managing COVID-19 cases.

Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Paki Molumi, says as of yesterday morning, the recorded cases at the hospital is 141 and 33 at the Taurama Aquatic Centre, bringing the total cases to 174.

In the past 24-hours, there have been 10 COVID-19 deaths, bringing the toll to 68 deaths since 27th September. 

Dr Molumi says they have had to convert a Medical and Paediatric Ward to admit COVID-19 patients, with the hospital managing currently beyond its capacity.

He says the Isolation Ward is full to capacity and the holding bays within each division like Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Surgery that have allocated space for care and management of COVID-19 currently have patients beyond holding capacity as well.

Dr Molumi says nearly all cases admitted are unvaccinated persons, and the cases range from moderate to severe and critical cases. 

He says they don’t have the capacity to admit and manage mild cases.

Source: NBC News/ One PNG News

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