Deputy Covid-19 pandemic controller Dr Paison Dakulala dies

Police Commissioner and Controller of PNG Covid-19 National Pandemic Response David Manning has expressed deep heart felt condolences upon learning about the death of deputy controller Dr Paison Dakulala yesterday morning.

In a statement he said: ” “I am deeply saddened at the death of a humble, dedicated and committed medical professional in Dr Dakulala. Over the last one year since we were brought together to provide the leadership for PNG’s fight against COVID-19 I have found him to be a humble leader, true friend and mentor.”

Manning described late Dakulala as a selfless man who stood with him and provided support and advice as they took on the global pandemic that affected millions of people around the world.

Without disclosing detailed information, he said Dakulala had a medical condition but committed and worked with the control centre.

“On behalf of my family, members of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary and the officers of the Joint Agency Task Force I wish to pass on our sincerest condolences to the late Dr Dakulala’s family, Health Secretary Dr Osborne Liko and staff of the National Department of Health.

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“I thank his family also for their husband and father’s contribution to the people of Papua New Guinea in the public health space and especially over the recent year in our COVID-19 response.

“May God grant us the peace and comfort us all as we mourn his passing,” Mr Manning said.

Many doctors have expressed their condolences on the passing of Dakulala.


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