Medical services open during 36-hr lockdown


Medical services will be available for public during next week’s 36-hour lockdown, government says.

Doctors and nurses at the national referral hospital (NRH) will be working their normal routines, and members of public needing medical attention during lockdown are being urged to go there.

Clinics of the City Council will likewise remain open too.

Loti Yates, director for National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), at a local media conference on the 36-hour lock-down said:

“Doctors and nurses are encouraging general public and people residing in the Honiara Emergency zone who will be-needing medical assistance during the lock down to go to nearest health facilities to seek medical support. 

“Do not wait for the lock down to pass before seeking medical aid because at that time a person’s health issue might reach a complication stage which will lead to death,” Yates said.

“On your way to your nearest health centre bring your medical card with you and when you pass the check points explain to them(police) why and where are going.”

Dr Yogesh Choudhri, senior advisor to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS), said in the course of the upcoming lock-down exercise, NRH will still be providing health services.

Choudhri said clinics of the Honiara City Council will also be providing health services to the people of Honiara.

“Hence if you need health services in the course of the lockdown please go to your nearest clinic,” he said.

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