BY TAVAKE SIMON HANA’AROA
THE National Health Emergency Operation Centre, has put in place a ‘staff deployment cycle’ in their efforts to minimize the risk of community transmission.
In his Nationwide Address yesterday (Monday 19 October), Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said the ‘staff deployment cycle’ is divided into four phases; pre-deployment, deployment, exit, and the post-deployment phase.
“The deployment phase is for 2 weeks. During this period staff does not stay at home. They are accommodated at alternative safe accommodation zones.
“Also, during this phase: a) all staff for deployment undergo daily deployment training and briefings, in accordance with best practice, b) daily risk assessments are done, and a system is in place for workers who might be feeling unwell, to be immediately referred for further assessment, swabbing, and quarantine if needed, c) a weekly report on staff welfare and safety is produced for review by the operating centre and, d) the provision of alternative accommodation is to ensure there are extra precautionary measures undertaken to prevent any possible community transmission of Covid-19,” the Prime Minister said.
He further stated that in the exit phase, the deployment and response team will undertake team handovers remotely, with risk assessment, including swabbing tests.
Based on risk assessments and swabbing test results he added that the deployed staff may return home to their families or be quarantined if it requires them to do so.
He also said that for the post-deployment phase, health workers that have been classified as “low risks” will undertake a rest period for further monitoring and, if they satisfied with that process, they will then resume their normal rounds at their various NRH departments, until they are called up for deployment again.
Mr. Sogavare however at the moment is pleased with workers engaged in frontline Covid-19 operations saying they have been classified as “low risk”.
“So far, I am pleased to note that the daily risk assessments of health workers engaged in frontline Covid-19 operations have been classified as ‘low risk’. Their tests have been negative. This means, that there is no risk to their families and the communities.
“I went into some level of detail on the sacrifices made by our health and other frontline workers so that the nation is aware of the level of commitment and the sacrifices made not just by the workers but also by their families
“Fellow Solomon Islanders, these people are sacrificing so that all of us can still enjoy our rights. They have foregone their rights so that we retain ours. Their families have agreed to forego their rights for our nation so that our families can retain theirs,” he said.
He urged every citizen of Solomon Islands to show their uttermost respect and gratitude for the health and frontline workers for their sacrifices.
“Please do not waste the sacrifices of our citizens who are doing everything they can to protect us all, and our country.
“Fellow citizens, this country would not be safe if it were not for the sacrifices these people had made.
“They have put their lives on the line to protect our children and people, and they deserve our utmost respect and gratitude. Please accord them the respect they deserve,” Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare urged.