By ELIZABETH MIAE
DRUNKENESS during the festive and New Year period played a part in the spread of cholera, The National reports.
According to NCD cholera task force leader Dr Timothy Pyakalyia, when there were celebrations that involved the consumption of alcohol, people were bound to get drunk and pay no attention to good hygiene and proper waste disposal.
He said despite continuous awareness people in the city were playing up and continuously taking the risk that led to the contraction and spread of the disease.
However, he commended his staff at the Port Moresby General Hospital’s cholera treatment centre who had been working very hard since the outbreak in the city in April last year.
He said a total of 295 admissions had been recorded at the centre last month which was the highest since the outbreak.
Pyakalyia told The National Pari village in Moresby South was the only village that did not record any case.
He said this was something commendable for a village that had been facing problems with water supply for more than 20 years.
He added that when the outbreak first occurred, Pari recorded a few cases then afterwards, no more cases was reported from that area.
“We are dealing with a major cholera issue in the city and I don’t know how loud we can speak,” he said.
“We cannot blame those people selling cooked food on the road sides. You have to think before you put something into your mouth.”
He said Eda Ranu and city authorities are well aware that they have a major challenge in their hands to improve water and sanitation in the city to prevent cholera.