BY ALEX DADAMU
PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare in his weekly COVID-19 Updates today 31st of August, has confirmed that the teleconferencing Facility in Gizo Western province, Nila in Shortland Islands, and Taro in Choiseul province is now operational.
Prime Minister Sogavare said this is indeed a major boost to our preparedness at the western border.
“The facility has now delivered an effective communication link, which has now provided daily communication between SOLMAT and the National Health Emergency Operation Centre, enabling the teams to discuss detail operation requirements and plans,” He said.
Sogavare also stated that the SOLMAT team has held several meetings with communities in the Shortlands, guiding how to develop and implement their community Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for COVID-19 preparedness and response based on their context.
He further added that a team has already been deployed to Malaita Outer Islands.
“On the same note, the National Health Emergency Operation Centre last week also deployed a team to Malaita, where they completed a two days’ workshop on Standard Operation Procedures for their Emergency Operating Center and provided guidance on SOPs for Isolation and Quarantine management in Malaita Outer Islands,” PM Sogavare said.
With the Teleconferencing Facility now operational, it is understood that the teams on the ground in western Province will now be able to communicate more effectively and discuss detailed operation requirements and plans with the National Health Emergency Operation Centre in Honiara.