UNICEF delivered more than 100,000 items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Port Moresby General Hospital this week for front line health workers responding to COVID-19 in the National Capital District.
These PPE – gloves, surgical masks, protective goggles, face shields, gowns, coveralls, shoe covers, caps and thermometers, were procured by UNICEF through funding support provided by the Governments of Australia and Japan, and Newcrest Mining Limited to support the PNG Government’s response to COVID-19.
UNICEF Country Representative, David McLoughlin, thanked donors and contributors for swift and generous support offered.
“Their support allowed us to bring in these essential PPE for our health workers despite the numerous logistic challenges we faced in shipping vital supplies,” Mcloughlin said.
“With the spike in new cases confirmed over the past few days, the safety of health workers is critical and UNICEF is committed to ensuring that the protection of our dedicated front line health workers continues to remain a top priority in support of the NDoH,” Mcloughlin reiterated.
More than 300,000 items of PPE from this procurement are also being prepared with NDoH for Provincial distribution in the coming days.