Respiratory virus dominates Honiara

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THE surveillance screening exercise conducted by the Ministry pf Health and Medical have found that respiratory symptom Virus is predominant in urban Honiara.

This was confirmed by Prime Minister yesterday in his national address on covid-19 update.

“A surveillance screening exercise conducted by the Ministry of Health and Medical found that the respiratory symptom Virus a common and contagious (transmissible) virus that causes respiratory tract infection was predominant in Urban Honiara, whilst immune rhinovirus that causes acute asthma exacerbation and pneumonia was predominant in rural areas.    

“These findings means while we continue to focus on managing the covid-19 pandemic we must not take our attention from the more common health challenges facing our country,” Sogavare said.

He said the surveillance screening exercise was rolled out at the National Referral Hospital, Mataniko Pikinini clinic (Honiara City Council), Good Samaritan Hospital in Guadalcanal province and Pelau Malaita Outer Islands in Malaita Province.

Sogavare said for covid-19 results all have come back with negative test results.