Coronavirus preparedness continues

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Permanent Secretary for the health ministry (MHMS), Pauline McNeil.
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BY BARNABAS MANEBONA

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) with other government ministries and partners continue preparedness efforts to prevent potential importation of COVID-19 into Solomon Islands.

To date, there is no confirmed Coronavirus disease case detected in Solomon Islands according to MHMS in a media release yesterday.

As part of its preparedness, a site has been identified for Quarantine according to MHMS.

Mrs Pauline McNeil, the Permanent Secretary (PS) of MHMS wishes to thank the support of the landlord on providing the venue and site for quarantine purposes.

“The quarantine site is a place to monitor people who are not sick, however, may have been exposed or have been to restricted and affected countries. The World Health Organisation has provided and will provide technical and financial support to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services  for the set up and furbishing of the quarantine site,” said MHMS.

“Any person who becomes ill while being quarantined will be immediately transferred to the Isolation centre, for appropriate medical care by trained health workers.

“There is no evidence to suggest that surrounding communities nearby to the quarantine site are at risk of being infected of COVID-19, since those quarantines are well persons. People living around the quarantine site (s) are kindly reminded to remain vigilant by practising good personal hygiene behaviours, and respect the quarantine sites at all times by not going near the quarantine sites (s).”

It is understood from report over last weekend that a person in Auckland Hospital has become the first case of coronavirus in New Zealand, meaning the spread of the COVID-19 is now just in front of Solomon Islands door.

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