Solomon Islands is one of 15 countries that had not recorded any case of COVID-19 as yet.

Despite not having a confirmed case, government says they are taking an inclusive approach against COVID-19.

In his nationwide address on Friday (17th April), Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says specialized teams led by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services are out in the provincial centers to assess potential quarantine and isolation sites.

He said a team is currently in Gizo and Noro.

Sogavare said the same process was conducted for Malaita Province last week and teams are also in the process of being deployed to other provinces.

“I am pleased to announce that the Government funded equilibrator for National Referral Hospital’s (NRH) Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has been delivered and set up. COVID 19 X-Ray machine that we are grateful to New Zealand for providing, is now being set up at the Isolation Ward of the NRH. The remaining Medical equipment and kits are currently transiting through Australia and due to arrive in the coming days”, Sogavare said.

He said this includes assistance from Australia, the People’s Republic of
China and other parts of the region.

He said with most of the equipment now being delivered, the National Referral Hospital will very soon have the capacity to do in-country testing.