When the rest of the world was dealing with the Global Pandemic, for a long time, PNG was spared of the devastation it was causing, but all that somewhat changed in the beginning of this year. We went from having about 1000 cases to now over 11,000. Compared to some countries, our numbers are still quite small, but it is affecting us.
We got 500 doses of the vaccine this week, which should be enough to put into the arms of all of our Hospital workers and Front Line Workers here. We were able to start putting it into the arms of some of our workers this week. Many of our doctors and some of our staff have been waiting and couldn't wait to get a shot. A number of the doctors and some of our Surgery Staff were the first to get the vaccine. While there is still apprehension and fear from some of our workers, we hope that by getting it we can encourage others to get it also.
We not only want to try and protect ourselves and our families, but also our patients. We are diagnosing around 3 new cases a day, but likely are seeing even more with mild symptoms that we don't even recognize or they don't recognize. So by getting vaccinated, we want to be able to ensure our doors are still open, because our staff is well and not out with Covid. We want our operating rooms to have enough staff to do the emergency surgery or Section, our Delivery room to have midwives who can help our moms deliver babies, our Emergency Room has nurses who can care for those who need help, and more.