Yesterday, PNG health officials confirmed the death toll at 16 and had a chartered plane travelling from
More than 300 people were confirmed to have been affected by the disease and 70 admitted to the hospital for treatment.
Last night, there was unconfirmed report that the death toll might have reached 22.
The Australian newspaper reported yesterday that
It said that medicine and intravenous fluid, to treat dehydration associated with the deadly disease, was being stockpiled on the
Daru is about 4km off the PNG mainland and only 50km from the nearest Australian
The newspaper quoted medical staff at the 60-bed
It quoted local Catholic priest Vinod D’Mello saying that sick people lay in the hospital’s corridors because all the beds were taken.
“There are two or three more deaths every day,” he said.
“I can hear the crying from the hospital when I am in the church.
“(The staff) are trying their best, but it is a tragic situation.”
Nurse Dawe Tuti said the hospital’s two doctors and other medical staff were running off their feet.
“We do not have enough manpower,” she told The Australian.
“The Australian government stands ready to provide additional assistance to the PNG government to respond to the outbreak as needed,” an AusAID spokeswoman said. “At this stage, no formal request for assistance has been made.”
“Hygiene and food preparation practices in the