The Fly River Provincial Government (FRPG) is working in partnership with Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) and PNG Sustainable Development Program Limited (SDP) in its efforts to tackle the COVID-19 challenge.
Western Provincial Administrator Robert Kaiyun is an enthusiastic supporter of this partnership approach.
“We acknowledge the work being undertaken by SDP and OTML in supporting our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic which is affecting our people in Western Province and PNG as a nation,” said Mr. Kaiyun.
Western Province Governor Taboi Awi Yoto has endorsed the establishment of a Provincial Task Force team, which is an inter-agency committee comprising health professionals, security forces, customs officers, the provincial administration and OTML.
Mr. Kaiyun said the aim of establishing the provincial task force was to bring together everyone to share information and develop a comprehensive understanding on how best to manage the COVID-19 threat in Western Province.
“Being a province that is host to two international borders with Australia and Indonesia, the risk of having COVID-19 entering the country is very high. As a result, we have stepped up our efforts through the provincial task force to immediately implement the National Emergency Preparedness Response Plan that outlines the various phases in managing the COVID-19 threat: Alert, Containment, Mitigation, and Recovery,” said Mr. Kaiyun.
“With the recent confirmation of three cases in the province, we have implemented phase 2 of the response plan – containment, as we await results from the samples sent to Australia for testing.”