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Deputy Controller calls for quick return of sample results

Deputy Controller of the Bougainville State of Emergency and Acting Chief Secretary, Thomas Raivet has expressed strong disappointment at the late return of sample results for the two Persons under Investigation (PUIs) from Bougainville.  

The samples were taken from two Persons of Interest (PUI) in Bougainville and were sent for testing to the PNG Institute of Medical Research in Goroka about two weeks ago.

To date, there has been no response from the National Emergency Operations Center about the results of the two samples.

“We have waited for more than two weeks now. We want the results very quickly,” he said. 

Mr Raivet made a strong appeal to the National Emergency Operations Center in Port Moresby to ensure the results are sent back to Bougainville as soon as possible so that the public can be made aware of the results.

Meanwhile, work on the key health infrastructure continues to progress in Bougainville.

In Buka, the Suhin Isolation Center is in construction phase with funding support from the Australia and New Zealand governments. The Suhin Isolation facility will be used as a center to treat any possible patients.

The Buka General Hospital is also in pre-triage construction phase and is being supported by the National Member for North Bougainville.

For South Bougainville, the Buin District Hospital is also in pre-triage construction phase, while the Turiboirau Sub Health Center will be used for isolating possible patients.

A pre-triage and isolation location is yet to be identified for Central Bougainville.

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