With the roll out of COVID-19 vaccination for all provinces planned to commence as of July, next month, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) this week held a three (3) days Training of Trainers (TOT) to upskill selected provincial health workers as part of its preparation for the mass roll out.
Group Photo; Health PS Mrs McNeil (Centre) with participants of the 2 days ToT.
This is now a tick in the to do list of health in its preparation for the mass COVID-19 vaccination roll out and a mission to deliver one million doses aiming to immunize out dear citizens 18 years of above
Around 50 health workers participated in the training and includes officers from all vaccination relevant health sectors, from provincial Expanded Program of Immunization, Child Health and Health Promotion Officers to provincial Cold Chain, key data officers, health promotion officers, and Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) team leads from each provinces.
With the completion of the training, these officers will go back to their respective provinces to conduct similar trainings to their colleagues who will be engaged in national vaccination deployment and roll out program.
Delivering brief remarks at the TOT, Health Permanent Secretary Mrs Pauline McNeil thanked all participants for attending the training whilst highlighting its importance.
“I thank you all for travelling to Honiara for the training. This is such an important training, as it is another stepping- stone towards our ability and capacity to roll out the national COVID-19 vaccination roll out program across our isles. As such, you have an enormous task ahead of you all and I wish you all well in this training and the provincial trainings you will be leading”.
Mrs McNeil explained that the Ministry of Health and the government with support from our bilateral partners, donors, technical agencies, stakeholders and together people have managed to date to prevent the country from COVID-19 community transmission.
“A community transmission in Solomon Islands is the worst case scenario of COVID-19 that will generate the worst impact to our country’s health, the economy and consequently all aspects of our lives. Thus it is Ministry’s decision to quickly open up vaccination for all persons 18 years and above starting in Honiara, Guadalcanal and on to provinces in the West and to the East. We have to be 10 steps ahead of our game”. Explained Mrs McNeil.
“However in order for us to fulfil this, capacity, skills and knowledge of health workers across our provinces needs to be aligned to the requirements of handling, administering and managing the entire COVID-19 vaccination process. Thus, this training”, added the Permanent Secretary.