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The Ministry of Health is requesting an emergency funding support of $673,188.47 from the Olbiil Era Kelulau to continue monitoring 2019-nCoV and to prepare Palau in case it gets struck by the virus.

In a letter addressed to Olbiil Era Kelulau, The Ministry of Health said that “we humbly seek your assistance for emergency funding support toward this effort. This will ensure that while preventative measures are being implemented, the day to day services that the Ministry provides to its patients are not compromised. In addition, we are requesting funding support for Pre-Operational Cost and Clinical Management Cost.”

In detail, the Pre-Operational Cost which is $177,751.14 is requested for Pre-Operational Cost that will cover expenses that deal with the preventative measures.

The remaining $495,437.33 will be used when Palau gets its first confirmed case or cases ranging between 1 and 50. The money will be used to buy necessary supplies and equipment if there’s a person infected with 2019-nCoV. This fund will also cover overtime pay for staff that will be responsible for taking care of the infected patients.

The budget will cover two months from January 19th to March 19th as agreed by the National Emergency Committee and Emergency Operations Committee. However, the timeline may change depending on the global status of the 2019-nCoV.

“There can be no cost that can replace any human life let alone the lives of any Palauan from infancy to the elderly. With a population of just over 20,000, with limited resources, capacities, and capabilities, our nation and its people are both fragile, vulnerable and at a disadvantage, if we do not invest in its safety and the protection of its people. We have faith in our leaders and firmly believe without a doubt that they will do their best to provide the help we need,” stated Minister Emais Roberts.

So far there have been 20,492 nCoV cases to date in China with a total of 427 deaths. There have also been 212 confirmed cases in areas and countries such as Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, France, United States of America, Germany, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Vietnam, Cambodia, Finland, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Spain, Belgium, India, Philippines, Italy, Russia, United Kingdom, aa well as Sweden.

As of Thursday, February 6th, there are no suspected cases of 2019-nCoV present in Palau. Ministry of Health urges the public to continue practice frequent handwashing with soap on warm water and to cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or the sleeve of a shirt. (Telbakes Yano)