PORT MORESBY – Dr Mathias Sapuri, chairman of Papua New Guinea’s medical board, says he believes that coronavirus is already present in the country.
“Our two closest neighbours, Indonesia and Australia, are climbing exponentially with Covid-19 cases,” he said, “and so they are serious risk to us especially after the PNG lock down period.
“My assessment is that the virus is possibly in PNG among our nationals already.
“Currently there is no evidence among our nationals. This is because we are not doing blood tests or many swab tests on more than 6,000 plus persons of interest to pick up cases.”
Dr Sapuri said PNG does not have the blood tests, antigen tests or swab tests for effective testing for the disease.
“Our significant risk in PNG relates to co-morbidities like malaria, TB, infectious diseases, cancers, chronic medical conditions.
“These are vulnerable people in our country that Covid-19 infection could lead to mortality,” he said.
“Let's not be complacent but continue to work together. The wave is coming.”