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Health & Safety

Ok Tedi records positive cases and suspends operations

OK Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) advises that it has recorded seven positive COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours – the first positive cases recorded in Tabubil. The company said the incident occurred despite Ok Tedi implementing a shutdown of all charter flights in and out of Tabubil on Tuesday July 28, 2020. This action was taken in response to the escalation of positive cases in Port Moresby, and with

OTML comes to the rescue with medivac into remote Western Province village

TOMMY Gat would have lost both his feet if it was not for the quick response by Ok Tedi Mining Ltd (OTML) to airlift him from his remote village of Seltamin to Tabubil in mid-June. Mr Gat, who is in his 50s, endured three nights of excruciating pain after both his feet were severely burnt when he collapsed and fell into a fire. He suffers from epilepsy, a medical condition

Ok Tedi Mine vows to continue operating

OPERATIONS  at the Ok Tedi mine will continue as long as it’s safe and economical to do so, says Ok Ted Mining Limited Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Peter Graham. Mr Graham made these remarks after Papua New Guinea announced yesterday (Thursday 16th April) that it had five new COVID-19 cases, of which three were from border villages adjacent to the mine’s Bige dredging project in the Western Province.

OTML sets-up COVID-19 screening station

A NEW COVID-19 screening station has been built along the Tabubil-Kiunga Highway by Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) to monitor and prevent the spread of COVID-19 to its workforce and communities. The station was opened on Friday 10th April by Western Province Deputy Provincial Administrator and Chairman of the province’s COVID-19 Taskforce Mr Michael Viru. Other dignitaries who witnessed the small ceremony were the Provincial Police Commander Chief Inspector Silva

Australia backs PNG’s COVID-19 preparations

THE Australian Government has provided an additional K1.7million to support the Government of Papua New Guinea prepare for and respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The funding support will boost the PNG Government’s existing commitment of K45million for COVID-19 response. “The health and safety of all Papua New Guineans is our number one priority. Australia has been an important supporter in helping Papua New Guinea respond to health emergencies,” said  Minister for

Better data means better health services and treatment

THE Catholic Church Health Services (CCHS) with the support of the Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership is improving and strengthening its reporting mechanisms on sexual and reproductive health services in the country. CCHS data helps the Government of Papua New Guinea to make informed decisions about health service delivery including access to proper treatment. A three-day workshop on effective data collection, analysis and reporting was held for 11 Catholic health officers

PNG LNG Plant achieves record safety milestone

THE world-class PNG LNG Plant has recorded another significant safety milestone, reaching over 17-million hours worked without a Lost Time Injury (LTI). On 15 August, the plant achieved six-years of operations without any serious injury that prevents a person from returning to work. Alyssa Warner, PNG LNG Plant Asset Manager, said this significant milestone reflects the performance of our world-class workforce and business partners. “Six-years without an LTI is an

Four PNG lab staff top malaria microscopy assessment

FOUR laboratory staff have scored top marks in a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) certified malaria microscopy assessment held in Port Moresby, bringing the total number of level one-graded microscopists in Papua New Guinea to 13. Supported by the Australia-China-PNG Trilateral Malaria Project, the four were among 12 participants who undertook the five-day assessment before graduating on Friday 8 November. The WHO-certified External Competency Assessment of Malaria Microscopists (ECAMM); evaluates

LNG vessel rescues castaway off PNG coast

LEADING LNG vessel owner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) reports that one of its vessels has rescued a castaway off the PNG coastline. MOL’s president and CEO Junichiro Ikeda revealed today that on November 26, the MOL-operated LNG carrier LNG Fukurokuju safely rescued a castaway 330km off New Ireland. Releasing details of the rescue, the company said that: At 16:30on November 26, the LNG Fukurokuju, while underway northeast of New

UPNG medical students fulfill rural placement on YWAM Medical ship

THREE of Papua New Guinea’s upcoming doctors have been getting critical exposure and experience in PNG’s rural villages in Oro and Milne Bay Provinces over the last three weeks while aboard the YWAM Training and Medical Ship, MV YWAM PNG. The final year University of Papua New Guinea medical students, Jemimah Taganny, Georgina Matengim, and Margaret Maku, are completing their final rural placement before they graduate in April. The students have