BY TAVAKE SIMON HANA’AROA
THERE has been a disappointment from the Guadalcanal Provincial Government towards the National Government’s proposed plan to make the Guadalcanal Provincial Health Authority responsible for COVID-19 ‘mild positive cases’.
A media statement from Guadalcanal Provincial Government (GPG) issued on Tuesday 6 October has it that GPG’s disappointment and pushback on the National Government’s proposal followed pressure from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) for the province to be in charge of such cases if they occur.
In the statement, Guadalcanal Province Premier, Hon. Francis Belande Sade said his provincial health authority cannot deal with any infectious diseases.
“While the Guadalcanal Province is willing to assist in the fight against the coronavirus, the Guadalcanal Provincial Health Authority does not have the required training, equipment, medical facilities, and the financial capacity to address it.”
“If the National Government wants Guadalcanal Province to assist in the fight against COVID-19, then it should help build the Province’s capacity.
“In April 2020, the Guadalcanal Provincial Government submitted to the Oversight Committee on COVID-19 (OSC), requesting SBD$10 million to build an ICU Center in East Guadalcanal and purchase a qPCR Machine. That request was never acknowledged,” Premier Sade said in the statement.