BY TAVAKE SIMON HANA’AROA
The Public Health Emergency Bill will be tabled in parliament in November after consultation works is completed soon.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare confirmed this in his weekly nationwide address this today Monday October 5.
“The government aims to table and pass this Bill in Parliament before the current State of Public Emergency expires in late November,” PM Sogavare said.
Generally the Bill is intended to protect the country and people in times of a public health emergency.
The Prime Minister said consultation talks has now been completed in the western province.
“The Legislative Committee established to oversee the development of the ‘Public Health Emergency Bill’ has now completed consultations in the Western Provincial Capital, Gizo.
“The Committee met with the Western Provincial executive, Health officials from the emergency, isolation and response units of the Gizo hospital, Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, Correctional Service of Solomon Islands and members of the Non-Government Organizations,” PM Sogavare said.
Hon. Sogavare added Western Province has been strategically selected as the starting point for provincial consultations for the bill because apart from Honiara Western Province is at the forefront of the COVID-19 war.
“The Western Province is at the fore in this consultation because of its experience and exposure dealing with COVID-19 prevention at the western border.
“Malaita Province will be given prominence, with a separate consultation organized at the Provincial Capital, Auki because of the Malaita Outer Islands point of entry. I am informed that the consultation team left for Auki this afternoon,” he said.
The Committee will host two more consultations this week. One for Guadalcanal, Central, Makira, Temotu, Renbel Provinces and the Honiara City Council here in Honiara.