Opposition Leader Mathew Wale’s ongoing media stunts are misleading and hopeless in trying to accuse the Government of losing control of its response to covid-19.
A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) on Sunday said Wale is actually losing control because he has failed to comprehend the tireless efforts by the Government in managing community transmission with the limited resources that are available since the outbreak in January this year.
The statement said the Government alone cannot deal with the pandemic, which, requires efforts from every citizen and international partners to slow the spread in our communities.
So far, support from our development partners and the private sector have been overwhelming, which, has resulted in improvements to the current health response mechanism.
There are early signs of slowing down in terms community transmission as well as signs of increased recovery as a result of the tireless of efforts by health workers and their international partners.
“Managing a health crisis and trying to keep the economy running are difficult tasks that cannot be achieved overnight as was obviously imagined by the Opposition Leader. The best he can do is to encourage people to support ongoing efforts to observe safety measures,” the statement said.
The Office of the Prime Minister’s Policy, Implementation and Evaluation Unit (PIMEU) has completed a Community Transmission Response Policy Paper that provides for overarching objectives for a way forward during this trying time.
This policy paper has a number of strategies which will spearhead the country’s general policy approach in dealing with the current COVID-19 community transmission.
It provides guidance to support implementation of high-level strategic objectives that will compliment overarching priorities and establish the basis on which National and Health Response Plans can be aligned to target cross-sectoral outcomes that will also be reflected in the 2022 Budget Strategy.
The primary objective is to manage the community transmission of COVID19 while protecting those at risk and those who are vulnerable to community transmission whilst sustaining the economic livelihood of our citizens so Solomon Islands can emerge stronger post pandemic.
A multi-branched approach has been developed with a number of strategies focusing on health, economy, people and operations is proposed to address the adverse outcomes of COVID19.
The government is focused on mitigating and managing this crisis whilst at the same time resuscitating and growing our economy.