Measles Ward Full: Patients To Be Relocated

The National Capital District Health Services is looking at relocating measles patients from Port Moresby General Hospital, to the Papua New Guinea Defense Force Taurama Health Facility.

Director, Doctor Niko Wutai, revealed that due to overcrowding at Ward two E, they have no choice but to find another facility that can house these patients.


While the Taurama facility is undergoing maintenance on its sewage system, for the relocation exercise, patients will still access the main city hospital.


While the measles outbreak vaccination program ends this week in the Nation’s Capital, confirmed positive cases continues to increase, resulting on ward 2E overcrowding in the city’s main hospital.


The ward can only cater for 70 beds, but exceeded, since the outbreak was detected early this year. 


This has forced the NCD Health Services to conduct a joint inspection at the Taurama Health Facility, with the PNG Defense Force, Port Moresby General Hospital, National Capital District Commission and National Health Department.


The NCD Health Services will conduct routine outreach program, around the city, targeting settlement areas and educating people on preventable health diseases.


NDoH’s Public Health Surveillance and Emergency Response, Program Manager, Berry Ropa, recommended provinces should now focus on priority groups’ like schools, villages, local level government and districts.


This week, the health team will revisit urban clinics and settlement areas to vaccinate children. Parents are urged to bring those children who weren’t treated.


The NCD Health Services has taken a new approach and will strengthen its outreach program, through awareness and education.


This is to ensure people are aware, and take precautions to any diseases that can strike Papua New Guinea in future.

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