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Papua New Guinea Deputy Controller Dr. Daoni Esorom has defended the request from the National Control Centre for an extra K14 million for oxygen concentrators in the country's hot spot provincial hospitals.
This, in response to questions from this newsroom, as to why they ask for another K14 million when millions of kinas worth of COVID-19 funds have been expended since last year, for the essential equipment such as oxygen concentrators, ventilators among others.
Dr. Esorom via a virtual news conference says this funding need for oxygen is to cater for the current surge.
''Definitely, with the large surge in numbers, we will definitely need more money, the K14 million that we have requested is based on our current surge plan,'' said Dr. Daoni Esorom.
When asked by NBC News whether the general COVID-19 funds were already exhausted, Deputy Controller maintains, COVID-19 funds are not exhausted, but that there is a need to restrategize and have funds put for these vital oxygen concentrators.
''No, we have not exhausted the money, we just need to make sure that we probably have the money to take care of that important commodity called oxygen.
''We have now set up a plant at the Port Moresby General Hospital, called Oxygen Plant, and we are also planning to have one for Momase region, and other provinces as well.
''The Oxygen Plant at POMGH will be commissioned very soon, we are just having our team going through it to make sure everything is ok,'' said Dr. Esorom.
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