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  • - Jelilah Kum, Communications & Advocacy Officer

Holy Father donates PPE to Catholic Health Services

Updated: May 31, 2021

Port Moresby: His Holiness, Pope Francis, has made another donation of Personal Protective Equipment and other essential medical equipment, to the Catholic Church Health Services of Papua New Guinea.

The presentation of the gifts took place on Friday 21st May, at the National office of CCHS in Port Moresby, by Fr Jacek Pawel Pinocy, Secretary of the Apostolic Nuncio of Papua New Guinea, in Port Moresby.

Through his communications with the Holy See in Rome, this donation of PPE, battery operated forehead thermometer and finger pulse oximeters were made possible.

“The Holy Father is thinking of everyone all over the world, though Rome is far, they immediately put together these gifts and sent them”, Father Jacek said.

Present at the mini ceremony was Bishop of Vanimo and Bishop Deputy of Catholic Health Commission, Francis Meli; CCHS National Secretary Sr. Jadwiga Faliszek, and staff of CCHS.

This donation will be distributed to the 19 Dioceses in the country, where they will be further distributed to the CCHS health facilities in need of these equipment.

Bp Francis thanked Fr Jacek on behalf of the Board of NCCHS and conveyed their deepest gratitude to His Holiness, Pope Francis, for this worthy cause and for his concern for the people of Papua New Guinea in delivering these gifts.

“He is a great shepherd in terms of the Catholic Church but also we see how important he saw the need to assist developing nations during this global pandemic,” Bp Francis said.

Sr. Jadwiga also acknowledged the Holy Father’s kind gesture saying, the PPE and battery-operated equipment will be of great help to the CCHS staff, especially those serving in the rural and remote areas of the country.

Most of the CCHS facilities do not have power supply due to their geographical location. The battery-operated equipment is currently on high demand at all the rural facilities.

The CCHS National Secretary is grateful that the Church is showing unity with CCHS PNG in this global pandemic. Though PNG is all the way across the world, we see and appreciate that the Pope did not forget about us.

The first donation of PPE from the Pope was received last year 2020 in November, where the items were distributed to all the Dioceses.

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