By Jack Lapauve Jr, EMTV – Port Moresby
St John Ambulance services are ready to assist the National Health Department as the country continues its preparedness against the Novel coronavirus.
St John Ambulance Commissioner, Matthew Cannon, says their fleet of ambulances and staff are equipped with the necessary precaution measures to deal with suspected cases. Commissioner Cannon says as much as possible, both the patient and ambulance staff are protected during the course of interaction.
St John Ambulance has put in place preventive measures to contain suspected patients. Protective measures include a ready-pack containing P2 masks, protective gowns, protective eye wear, and alcohol solution. “Our ambulance will also be cleaned after every engagement if transporting a suspected patient or patients”, said Commissioner.
While there are no reported or confirmed cases in Papua New Guinea, Commissioner Cannon says the risk remains high and upholding preventive measure is a must. ” We working with the Health Department to prepare and make awareness to the public”, said Cannon. The St John Commissioner says the virus must be contained or stopped from spreading.