The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, and Members of Parliament, including Ministers, will travel to Mendi tomorrow to reinforce the good work of the members of the Emergency team, after Local Leaders involved in election petition travelled to Mendi today.
Following overnight media comments by the Southern Highlands Provincial Police Commander, the Prime Minister has expressed disappointed that the PPC has seen fit to make statements that are outside his responsibility.
The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has announced that the National Executive Council has approved the declaration of a State of Emergency for the Southern Highlands Province, and a call-out of the Defence Force in the province.
The National Executive Council has agreed to a course of action that will restore order in the Southern Highlands, ensure all Leaders with potential involvement in unlawful behavior are held to account, and prevent further unlawful activities.
270,000 people are in need of assistance across four provinces of Papua New Guinea’s highlands.
11,761 households (approximately 58,300 people) remain displaced, of which 1,672 households are staying in eleven care centres while 10,089 households remain with host communities.
8,362 children under 5 years have been vaccinated against Measles-Rubella (MR), while 1,861 infants have received Pentavalent vaccinations.