Xmas celebration venue deemed unsafe by doctor

By Vasinatta Yama – EM TV, Port Moresby

 

 

A doctor at the Port Moresby General Hospital has revealed that the stabbing of a police officer at Jack Pidik Park on Sunday night, brings the number of stabbing occurences to four, this month.

He said the area is not safe anymore for families to gather and celebrate the festive season.

Dr Sonny Kibob, said there were three previous cases of men being stabbed at the Jack Pidik Park, during and after the night’s festive celebrations.

The stabbing of the police officer, Kia Totona, on Sunday night is a cause for concern.

All cases of the Jack Pidik Park stabbings are similar in nature, with concerns of opportunists picking the pockets of unsuspecting people in the crowd; or of mobile phones being snatched while people are taking photos of the Christmas lights.

Kia Totona, in his mid-20’s is from Kainantu in the Eastern Highlands Province. He is part of the beat patrol and is based at the Gordons Police station.

On Sunday night, he was stabbed 3 times in the chest and was rushed to the emergency ward of the Port Moresby General Hospital.

Dr Kibob confirmed that Kia’s condition is now stable.

He said people’s safety and security is not guaranteed so everyone must look after themselves when attending the celebration.

Meanwhile, NCD and Central Divisional Commander, Jerry Frank said police officers are doing foot patrols every night.

Dr Kibob has said that he is concerned that more victims of such crimes will be taken to the emergency section of the country’s biggest hospital.

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