Free Covid-19 tests at public health facilities

Police Commissioner and Controller of the PNG Covid-19 National Pandemic Response David Manning says Covid-19 tests done at Rita Flynn Courts in the National Capital District and other public health facilities throughout the country are free and that no member of the public should be charged for it.

Manning said this  following reports on social media that health workers at the Rita Flynn are charging K50 for Covid-19 tests.

He said this is not true. He has described the reports as “fake” and further warned social media users not to misinform the public as there are penalties for spreading false information on social media.

Manning said the Health Workers stationed at the testing site at Rita Flynn and other public health facilities around the country are duty bound to provide these services to the public at no cost.

He said since the outbreak of Covid-19, health workers around the country have been doing their best to attend to all suspected cases who came forward for testing.

He said despite being under strength, health workers in  NCD and around the country have stood tall attending to the latest surge in the cases.

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Manning has commended the efforts of the health workers, doctors and other medical professionals who have dedicated their lives to serving fellow citizens.

Meanwhile Mr Manning has called on all citizens to strictly follow the isolation strategy imposed to contain the latest surge in the Covid-19 cases.

He warned citizens to be wary of this virus saying that it has claimed the lives of 60 people and cases are increasing daily.

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