The Government through the Ministry of Health and Medical Services is boosting Provincial Health Centers with medical supplies in response to covid-19.
Supplies including oxygen, PPEs, equipment and pharmaceuticals have been deployed to level 2 medical stores for distribution to the various health service delivery points including provincial hospitals, clinics, area health centers and nurse aid posts.
Many of these have been distributed in the past weeks and are reaching their designated health facilities.
Additional trainings were conducted last week and will continue this week for health workers in Honiara and the provinces in the management of COVID-19 patients across various levels from moderate, severe to critical cases.
Trainings also include COVID management at community level to manage the most vulnerable and at-risk population groups such as elderlies and those with comorbidities and those with long COVID syndrome after being discharged from health facilities.
“Creating additional and dedicated beds and space for COVID-19 sick patients at our health facilities serving close to communities will also be vamped up in the coming days,” Health and Medical Services Minister Dr. Culwick Togamana said today (Monday 21 February).
Reviewing and updating of various guidelines to care for COVID-19 patients including other support services is continuing including use of PPEs and IPC levels for different scenarios.
Meanwhile, vaccination is continuing across the country. As of 13 February, 133,104 persons above 18 years have completed their 2nd doses.
Vaccination for adolescents 12 to 18 years have already started in Honiara and Western Province and will be soon be rolled-out in the remaining provinces.