BY MAVIS N PODOKOLO
THE National Referral Hospital’s Orthopaedics ward that was transformed to into being a COVID-19 ward is now functional.
This was confirmed by Dr Culwick Togamana, minister for Health and Medical Services.
“Hospital’s Orthopaedics ward that has been transformed into COVID-19 ward is now functional with all patients admitted to the ward, only showing mild symptoms,” Togamana said.
He said in terms of the operations of the hospital are in accordance with the zones established to distinguish between high, moderate and low risk areas.
“Also medical supplies including medicines, personal protective equipment, and all other IPC supplies are continuously being monitored, replenished and distributed for use across the hospital,” Togamana said.
“Decontamination of the facility is ongoing on daily basis to ensure hygiene and viral and bacterial free environment.
“The hospital still remains in emergency mode thus the public is advised to seek medical attention at Honiara City Council clinics for now. Only emergency cases including women in labour and those requiring medications on regular basis can come to the hospital.
“Our National Referral Hospital continues to respond to both COVID and non COVID cases presenting at its emergency department,” Togamana said.