BY JOHN CHRISMA
THE recently registered cases of COVID-19 infections in the Solomon Islands has forced a village chief in North West Guadalcanal to call for immediate assistance of COVID-19 protective kits.
Aruligho Community Chief George Hilly called on responsible government’s health ministry to coordinate an immediate delivery and distribution of COVID-19 protective kits to the rural populace of Aruligho.
The Chief explained the majority of the rural population are strictly unemployed and primarily relied on the informal agricultural sector for their livelihood.
“The little money they earned comes from their agricultural activities – copra, cocoa, root crops and vegetable gardens as a means to support their families’ basic survival needs and wants; and they cannot afford other expenses on health care essentials – such as face masks, sanitizers, and hand gloves, and handwashing supplies, etc.
“Since the COVID-19 infection is now in the capital, Honiara; our main fear is how to stop the infection if it spreads out of control and into our rural community,” Hilly said.
Hilly highlighted that the majority of rural dwellers from North West Guadalcanal frequently travel to Honiara to do business and social engagements and chances to contract the viral infection is quite higher.