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02 Feb 2015 description

Approved for Release: 2 February 2015

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has witnessed the signing of a Heads of Agreement that will see Komo airfield made available for uses that include commercial operations and for disaster relief operations by the military.

The agreement between ExxonMobil PNG Limited and National Airports Corporation Limited will provide for commercial operations and access for military operations on a case-by-case basis.

29 Jan 2015 description

More than 5,000 people in Papua New Guinea's Eastern Highlands province are facing a food shortage after a hailstorm destroyed food gardens.

Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International

29 Jan 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Kiribati, Tonga
  • Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia, Tokelau

Other updates:

Chikungunya

27 Jan 2015 description

A hunger strike on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island has ended, after a 13-day protest of Australia's immigration policies keeping asylum seekers locked up.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

26 Jan 2015 description

Papua New Guinea's Department of Health says it's confident it can stem a measles outbreak that has reportedly killed six people in a remote region of the Highlands.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand Int'l

23 Jan 2015 description

A remote region of Papua New Guinea bordering the provinces of Enga and East Sepik has been hit by a deadly measles outbreak.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

23 Jan 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Acute fever and rash: Kiribati
· Diarrhoea: Guam, Tokelau
· Influenza-like illness: American Samoa
· Prolonged Fever: Tonga

Other updates:

Chikungunya

· Chikungunya outbreaks are on-going in American Samoa, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Samoa and Tokelau.

· As of 20 January 2015, New Caledonia has seen 50 laboratory confirmed cases. For further information please refer to Dr Martine Noel’s PacNet post on 20 January 2015.

23 Jan 2015 description

Les alertes suivantes sont à signaler cette semaine:

• Fièvre éruptive: Kiribati
• Diarrhée : Guam, Tokelau
• Syndrome grippal: Samoa américaines
• Fièvre prolongée: Tonga

Autres mises à jour:

Chikungunya

•Des épidémies de chikungunya sont en cours auxSamoa américaines , en Polynésie française, Nouvelle-Calédonie,Samoa et Tokelau.

21 Jan 2015 description
report Amnesty

Amnesty International is calling on the governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea to protect the rights and welfare of asylum seekers currently protesting their detention in the Manus Island Detention Centre.

Hunger strikes

"The authorities must, as far as possible, ensure the health, welfare and safety of protesting detainees, and respect their right to protest peacefully, including through hunger strikes," said Graeme McGregor, Refugee Campaign Coordinator.

19 Jan 2015 description
report Amnesty

Amnesty International is calling on the governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea to protect the rights and welfare of asylum seekers currently protesting their detention in the Manus Island Detention Centre.

Hunger strikes

"The authorities must, as far as possible, ensure the health, welfare and safety of protesting detainees, and respect their right to protest peacefully, including through hunger strikes," said Graeme McGregor, Refugee Campaign Coordinator.

19 Jan 2015 description

Refugee advocates say asylum seekers on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island are being deprived of water.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International.

18 Jan 2015 description

Sydney, Australia | AFP | Sunday 1/18/2015 - 09:26 GMT

Asylum-seekers in a detention centre in Papua New Guinea said Sunday that Canberra was holding them "hostage" in an effort to deter others from paying people-smugglers to bring them to Australia.

After days of hunger strike protests on PNG's Manus Island, refugee advocates said asylum-seekers were continuing to protest against their 18 months of detention in the offshore location.

17 Jan 2015 description

Sydney, Australia | AFP | Saturday 1/17/2015 - 02:00 GMT

Australia and Papua New Guinea Saturday denied reports that protests at an asylum-seeker camp in the Pacific nation had turned violent, officials and reports said, as hundreds of detainees continued a hunger strike.

Several asylum-seekers held on Manus Island in PNG have swallowed razor blades and washing powder and more than 400 have gone on hunger strike, refugee advocates and reports said.

16 Jan 2015 description

Sydney, Australia | Friday 1/16/2015 - 07:01 GMT

by Glenda KWEK

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said Friday he was worried about the "volatile situation" at a Papua New Guinea asylum-seeker camp after reports that detainees were swallowing razor blades and washing powder.

Australia sends asylum-seekers who try to enter the country by boat to offshore detention centres on Papua New Guinea and Nauru in the Pacific with no prospect of being settled on the mainland, even if they are genuine refugees.

16 Jan 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: Niue

  • Influenza-like illness: American Samoa

  • Prolonged Fever: Tonga

Other updates:

Chikungunya

  • Chikungunya outbreaks are on-going in American Samoa, French Polynesia, Samoa and Tokelau.

  • Samoa: There have been 4,289 cases since 11 January 2015. For more information please refer to Dr Tile Ah Leong-Lui’s PacNet post on 14 January 2015.

Dengue

16 Jan 2015 description

Les alertes suivantes sont à signaler cette semaine:
* Diarrhée: Niue
* Fièvre prolongée: Tonga

Autres mises à jour:

Chikungunya *des épidémies de chikungunya sont en cours aux Samoa américaines, en Polynésie française, Samoa et Tokelau.

· Samoa: 4.289 cas ont été signalés depuis le 11 janvier 2015. Pour plus d'informations veuillez vous référer à la mise à jour postée sur PacNet par Dr Tile Ah Leong-Lui le 14 janvier 2015.

Dengue

15 Jan 2015 description

By Papua New Guinea correspondent Liam Cochrane and staff

Asylum seekers inside the Manus Island processing centre have sewn their lips together in protest at their lengthy detention, poor living conditions and the prospect of resettling in Papua New Guinea.

An asylum seeker who spoke to the ABC said 15 people have sewn their lips together and 400 men are on hunger strike.

14 Jan 2015 description
report Government of Samoa

In week 1 of 2015, period ending 4th January 2015, the Pacific Syndromic Surveillance flagged the following syndromes:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia

  • Diarrhoea: Tokelau and Samoa

  • Influenza-like illness: American Samoa and Palau

  • Prolonged Fever: French Polynesia and Tonga