The Ministry of Health says the emergency department at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) will not do swabs to test asymptomatic patients.

They say if patients are not showing signs and symptoms of being sick, such as runny nose, coughing, fever and shortness of breath they will not be swabbed for tests.

The management has undertaken this decision to limit the number of people coming into the ED as the department is now a high- risk area for COVID-19 transmission.

Hospital Management calls on the support and cooperation of the public in this regard.

The Ministry of Health had earlier stated that resources at the hospital and lab are already stretched, and will continue to stretch as the virus spreads.

They also stated that the NRH is currently accepting emergency cases and referrals only, with patients being told to visit Honiara Town Council (HTC) clinics if they feel unwell.

With MHMS Media