PNG Sustainable Development Program Limited (SDP) is continuing its support on COVID-19 efforts in Western Province.
The company has been funding Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) to provide its service in Western Province. Recently this partnership donated 300 mosquito nets to the PNG Defence Force (PNGDF) personnel who are manning the borders in Western Province.
PNGDF Medical Operations Officer Captain William Biau and Chief Warrant Officer Alex Andaya were at the RAM office to receive the nets.
“We are grateful for these mosquito nets for our soldiers on border operations especially for COVID-19, but it will be a mistake to forget about malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases that have been killing a lot of people over the years. So, thank you SDP. This will greatly support our soldiers manning the border provinces,” said Captain Biau.
SDP has partnered with RAM since 2018 to deliver mosquito nets and malaria drugs, and to support health staff in Western Province.
“With SDP supporting Western Province, we have been able to focus on other remote parts of the country,” said Tim Freeman, RAM Programme Manager.
“We look forward to a continued partnership with SDP as their funding is an enormous help in expanding our coverage elsewhere.”
SDP, through its Aerial Health Patrols (AHP) team is also providing support for the police and military personnel who are in Balimo, Middle Fly District.
They have conducted COVID-19 training and infection control for these police and military personnel who have been deployed to Balimo as part of the State of Emergency (SoE) response. These law enforcers said they appreciate the training and now understand so much more about these health matters. They said they will be sharing this information with their colleagues in Kiunga.
The Balimo Hospital staff have also received this training.