PNG Ports staff get immunized against polio

PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports) employees were vaccinated against polio.

As a direct response to the polio outbreak in the country, PNG Ports is one of the first few companies to have its 500 plus staff receive polio vaccination.

The premier port services provider began the immunisation drive at its Head Office in Downtown, Port Moresby, on August 29.

Staff based at the newly opened Motukea Port located just outside Port Moresby, and Lae Port in Morobe will be next, followed by those at the rest of the 15 ports owned and operated by PNG Ports.

For Port Moresby, Pacific International Hospital was engaged to carry out the exercise, while the Lae International Hospital will assist Lae staff.  Similar arrangements will be made for the rest of the staff at outer ports.

Managing Director of PNG Ports, Mr Stanley Alphonse, said PNG Ports invests in the wellbeing of its employees and this initiative was just one of them to see its staff healthy and happy.

“The efforts by PNG Ports is in line with efforts by the Health Department to provide vaccination to children around the country following the outbreak of polio in the country after 18 years,” Mr Alphonse said.

“With the recent polio alert in the nation’s capital, we (PNG Ports) could not wait around until polio strikes one of our staff.”

 “Employees are the most important resource for any company and PNG Ports strives to ensure its employees are treated well and are kept motivated.  The employees can in turn value the company and remain productive, which will have an impact on how the company performs,” he said.

The immunisation drive is not the only initiative PNG Ports has taken to look into the health of its employees.

PNG Ports also provides medical cover for all its staff, rolls out the compulsory full medical and dental checks every year, and organises random screening and vaccination exercises for different illnesses such as tuberculosis and others.

PNG Ports has also assisted the health sector in the country by making available monetary donations to various hospitals, assisted health programs and meetings, and others.

The company also purchased a K150, 000 worth ultrasound scanner for the Port Moresby General Hospital’s Emergency Ward in 2016.