The Solomon Islands government has taken delivery of new portable x-ray machines on Friday, donated by the New Zealand government.

The National Referral Hospital's new portable x-ray machine was loaded onto a flight chartered by the United States that arrived in Honiara on Friday.

The x-ray machine is one part of a package of support that New Zealand is providing to Solomon Islands as part of its COVID-19 emergency preparations.

The United States stepped in to ensure it gets to the Solomon Islands safely.

The supply of portable x-ray machines is important for the Solomon Islands in its fight against COVID-19.

The national referral hospital’s imaging department will play an important role in managing patients infected with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Effective and efficient use of imaging, both staff and equipment, will be essential to manage the predicted surge in demand.