Foreign ships keep front-liners busy

Vessels berthing outside Gizo. FILE PHOTO
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FRONTLINE workers in Western province have been busy the past month as international vessels continue to arrive in the country.

Speaking to SunGizo, Director of Western Province’s Health and Medical Services, Dr Dickson Boara said the swab team has been carrying out testing on incoming and outgoing international vessels since the beginning of this year.

He said three cargo vessels are currently under quarantine outside Gizo this week.

“Over the cause of this week, our Swab Team has carried swabbing on crews of the ships as part of COVID-19 test procedures.

“We are determined to make sure everyone entering the country via Western Province must satisfy all the COVID-19 test requirements and procedures before proceeding to the purpose of their visit to the country. 

“We understand that these vessels pose risk to our country in some ways and the responsibility is for to make sure the virus is not entering our country via these vessels,” Boara said.

He told this paper that a total of 10 incoming international cargo ships are expected to arrive in the next two weeks.

Boara said protocols of covid-19 testing will be enforced on these ships upon arrival at outside Gizo.