Nurses in Popondetta, Northern Province have continued with their normal public duties.
Nurses Association Branch President, Jenny Apolas, said that nurses within the province did not participate in the nationwide strike but did support the move taken by the nurses.
“We have 76 nurses registered with the Papua New Guinea Nurses Association. However, when we called a meeting only 12 turned up.”
“Because it was late, we had to cancel this and continue with our normal duties. That does not mean that we do not support them, but we join hands together as nurses and stand for our rights,” she said.
Apolas said that the strike was healthy for the nation and nurses’ welfare. However nurses also have the duty to fulfill their obligations so they had to resume work.
“The government of the day must address their critical needs,” Apolas said.
Apolas has called on all nurses to resume duties until the next notice, “I appeal to all nurses, that as per instruction, to resume normal duties as consequences are high.”