Ready This Week: Makeshift Hospital at Multipurpose Hall

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Makeshift hospital to be established at the Multipurpose Hall in Honiara.

BY TAVAKE SIMON HANA’AROA

MINISTER of Health and Medical Services Honourable Dr. Culwick Togamana recently announced that the Multipurpose Hall will be converted into a makeshift hospital, it is expected to be ready by this week.

According to Dr. Culwick, Workers are going to convert the multipurpose hall into a makeshift hospital and the facility will be ready for use within this week (last week). That he said will provide services to the mild and moderate cases of COVID-19.

However yesterday during his national address, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has confirmed that the facility should be ready by this week.

“To address surge capacity in terms of hospital services for mild and moderate cases of COVID 19, the existing Multi-Purpose Hall is being converted into a makeshift hospital, which will have 56 beds 48 for mild cases and eight medium dependency beds for moderate cases.

“It should be ready this week,” Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said.

Though this does not pose any risk to those living in and around the multipurpose hall area, Prime Minister Sogavare advised that people should not go near the facility.

“I wish to assure the public that this facility does not pose any risk to our people living around and in the vicinity of the facility.

“However, it is advisable that people should not go near or enter these facilities.

“Assessment under the decontamination of quarantine stations is ongoing to ensure that these facilities remain up to infection prevention and control standards,” he said.