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News Release 22/10/2021
NAC takes measures to safeguard the workforce and maintain safe operations COVID-19 Testing is now compulsory for all NAC employees. NAC Management recently made this decision to encourage its 700-plus employees to know their status and to make informed health choices regarding treatment as well as vaccination.
“As front line workers, it’s very important that our employees protect themselves, their co-workers and families and the travelling public,” said NAC Acting MD and CEO, Rex Kiponge.
“We acknowledge that this approach (compulsory testing) will require regular testing from time to time, however, we believe it’s an important step in encouraging our employees to be vigilant and to make important personal health choices rather than forcing them directly into taking the vaccine,” Mr Kiponge added.
In the last two weeks, NAC allowed all employees some time off during work hours to go for COVID-19 tests and also organised a clinic set up at our head office in Port Moresby for staff who wanted to get vaccinated.
The response has been excellent so far with over 35 employees getting vaccinated this week.
The organisation has also continued to supply hand sanitisers and face-masks for employees at Port Moresby and other 21 regional offices.
Regarding Airport Operations, all 22 airports remain operational for flights unless and if directed by the Pandemic Controller to close airports. As of this week, we have also advised all our support employees to work from home, while normal operations are maintained by rostered operations staff.
As we approach the travel peak period, we will particularly be very strict in enforcing the mandatory wearing of face masks and hand sanitising in all our airport terminals.
As we know, social distancing at the airport during peak periods is not very practical and is always a challenge, thus mandatory wearing of face masks will be strictly enforced.
Mr. Rex Kiponge
Acting Managing Director and CEO