BY MAVIS N PODOKOLO
THE covid-19 isolation ward renovation at the National Referral Hospital funded by the government of China is nearing completion, says Ambassador Li Ming.
Mr Li, Ambassador to China in Solomon Islands, confirmed this this week at the handover event of USD$150,000 from Peoples Republic of China (PRC) to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services covid-19 vaccination roll-out plan.
“The building of the covid-19 Isolation ward at the National Referral Hospital funded by the government of China is near completion,” he said.
Permanent Secretary to Ministry of Health and Medical Services Pauline McNeil in her statement in relation to the covid-19 isolation ward renovation said it is vital to note that isolation wards are important facilities not only for covid-19 but for all other infectious diseases from the sick patients to health workers, other sick patients at the hospital and the general public.
“As such, the isolation ward will not only be used for COVID-19 patients but also other patients with infectious disease such as TB, measles or any future pandemics similar to COVID-19,” McNeil said.
Minister for Health Dr Culwick Togamana said his ministry is grateful and filled with sincere appreciation towards the government and people of China for the continuous support rendered towards health efforts against covid-19 pandemic including covid-19 vaccination.