The Solomon Islands Meteorological Service has issued its Early Action Rainfall Watch for January 2022. The bulletin is produced based on October to December monthly rainfall to provide early warning system for Malaria transmission on North Guadalcanal for the period January to June.
According to the bulletin the outlook total rainfall for the period October to December was 559.1mm of rainfall while the actual total rainfall for the period is 745.1mm. Therefore the forecasted total rainfall is consistent with the actual rainfall, which is above the threshold of 540mm of rainfall.
Given this scenario the people of North Guadalcanal will most likely experience a below normal malaria transmission risk for the period. This is largely due to the La Nina condition that still exist within our region.
This rainfall watch bulletin is presented to the Health Sector-Malaria (Vector Borne Division of Ministry of Health and Medical Services) operations only as a guide to help them in their planning. Whilst the Solomon Islands Meteorological Service takes all measures to be as accurate as possible, it does not guarantee a 100% accuracy.
The vector borne operations in the Ministry of Health and Medical Services should be consulted for expert advice, clarification or for further information on malaria transmission.