In an effort to understand the spread of the current COVID-19 outbreak the Ministry of Health and Medical services have deployed rapid antigen test kits to all the nine provinces in the country.

The Minister of Health and Medical services Dr Culwick Togamana provided the update during his daily situation report.

“As of this morning (yesterday) the National Medical Store have successfully completed the shipment of COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test kit to all our nine provinces.

“The shipment included PPEs and necessary medications to manage symptoms of COVID-19.

“We have deployed the rapid test kit (to the province) and our health teams will conduct COVID-19 testing today and onwards and results will be conveyed in the coming days,” the Health Minister said.

“I am calling on all our good people across the country that should our health teams conduct contact tracing please be truthful and once approached for swabbing or testing using the rapid test kit please come forward.”

The Health Minister said this is how individuals and communities can significantly contribute towards our efforts against COVID-19.

He acknowledges the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, Solomon Airlines and all other partners and stakeholders who have contributed towards swift deployment of these items to the provinces.