Contact tracing team to leave for South Malaita, East Are’are following contact with MV Awka



A team from the Malaita Provincial Health department will be sent to the southern region of the province to carry out contact tracing on those who came into contact with crews from the MV Awka during her recent trip to Small Malaita and East Are’are constituencies.

Leader of the Provincial Covid-19 Risk Communication team, confirmed this to Island Sun.

“We are planning to deploy a team to East Are Are and Small Malaita, especially ports that the vessel came shore to and where people mingled with the crews of the ship.

“Our team will carry out contact tracing on those suspected of contacting the crews and possibly facilitate swabs for testing,” he said.

Iro said the deployment of the team is also to give people confidence amidst the situation, should there be fear or panic on what had happened.

He said the team plans to leave to Small Malaita and East Are Are constituencies tomorrow.

On that note, Iro also called on the Malaita public to continue to listen out for advice and work together with provincial health authorities during this situation.

“As of now no positive cases are yet recorded for the mainland Malaita and those, especially in South and East, Are Are must not panic.   

“Our advice to everyone is to stay confident and listen to health authorities for further information on the current situation faced in the country,” he said.

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