Covid-19 testing capabilities a main pillar to contain virus: PM

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BY BARNABAS MANEBONA

CORONAVIRUS (Covid-19) testing capabilities has been a main pillar in Solomon Islands’ success to contain the virus, said Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

In his nationwide address yesterday, Mr Sogavare said more than 7000 tests have been conducted to date at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) Molecular laboratory and the Gizo laboratory.

The Prime Minister was pleased to advise that both laboratories have been doing pre-departure testing for people leaving the country to other countries that require such tests to be done.

“My good people, COVID-19 testing capabilities has been a main pillar in our success to contain the virus. To date, more than 7000 tests have been conducted at the NRH Molecular laboratory and our Gizo laboratory. We are also pleased to advise that both laboratories have been doing pre-departure testing for people leaving the country to other countries that require such tests to be done.

“COVID-19 testing capability will shortly be in place in the Kiluúfi Hospital in Malaita province and the National Public Health Laboratory.

“Plans are also underway to establish a COVID-19 testing capability at the Taro hospital in Choiseul province,” said Sogavare.

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