First In-country Covid-19 Test Negative: PM
Quoting the Solomon Star Newspaper.
“The first in country testing for COVID-19 has turned out negative.
“Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare officially announced today during a nationwide address.
“The Prime Minister said from all the passengers that returned on the two flights tast week, three passengers were red-flagged.
“He said one of the three was sent to triage at the National Referral Hospital upon arrival.
“With the recently launched COVID-19 testing capabilities, the suspect underwent COVID-19 testing and within just two hours the tests results were made available. The result was negative,” the Prime Minister announced.
“He said the other two were assessed by health officials at the airport and sent with the rest of the passengers to the quarantine sites and are undergoing regular medical monitoring.”
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29 May 2020
SOLOMON ISLANDS: YOUNG CONSERVATION CHAMPION OF THE DAY
It is has been reported in today’s Solomon Star newspaper that eleven years old Samuel Jason Voda Marsh, a fifth-grader at Honiara International School (Woodford) on Thursday joined officer from the Ministries of Environment and Fisheries to tag and release back into the wild, a juvenile Green Marine Turtle (Species name - Chelonia mydas).
Here is the full story, quote:
“Young Samuel through his family contacted our team on Monday to find out if we could assist him to release a turtle that was captured and sold by a local fisher and bought back home.
“He did not want the turtle to be eaten nor harmed and insisted that his family release the endangered animal back to the sea.
“Thanks to Samuel, our team in partnership with MFMR conducted the mission to ‘tag and release Samuel’s turtle’ at Eden’s Bay, west of Honiara. We know young Samuel’s action will inspire all of us to do positive actions every day. This young man is truly one conservation champion”
“The juvenile turtle has been named “Samuel” that carries the two flipper tags - L=19027 and R=19028. Turtle tagging also recognizes the national, regional, and global efforts to protect and monitor population, movements, and range of their habitats, especially where they nest or feed. Tags also track the geographic location of turtles where they originated and who tagged the turtle.”
Well done, Samuel and thank you for your compassionate concern for the marine turtle.
We can all learn from your example.
29 May 2020
Marau mini hospital renovated to serve as a functional health facility for the benefit of hundreds in local communities.
Congratulations I believe are in order to the Guadalcanal Provincial government for the extensive renovations to the Marau mini hospital. The facility had suffered from years of a lack of maintenance and was dilapidated.
It has been said that when the renovations are fully completed the mini hospital will serve as a functional health facility for hundreds of people living in the far south of Guadalcanal, Vatukulau and in Talise.
Well done, and thank you.
29 May 2020
Solomon Islands: The government’s Economic Stimulus Package extends to rural farmers and youths.
It has been reported that the primary objective of the government’s Economic Stimulus Package (ESP is to assist the productive sector stakeholders to maintain productive output at all levels of the production chain and encourage communities to take part in livelihood activities in their rural communities and to contribute to the economic development of the country.
All youths and rural farmers in the country are encouraged to apply for assistance from the COVID - 19 ESP
It is expected that all those that qualify for ESP assistance will make the best us of the opportunities presented and ensure the predicted outcomes are achieved.
The SIG has made it clear that the ESP is mainly a relief package for struggling entrepreneurs in the areas of agriculture, fisheries, tourism and forestry to maintain and boost production output at all levels of the production value chain.
The ESP has three overarching guiding principles including:
1. Quick economic return, which means the applicant’s proposed activity for funding should have a quick turnaround preferably not more than six months;
2. Significant impact to the rural and national economy by encouraging income generating activities and employment. This means the proposed activity should employ a good number of people and contributes hugely to the national economy through taxes, business licenses and growth in employment;
3. A platform for long term economic recovery post covid-19 which sets the foundation for multiplier effect from economic activity, investment and growth.
The deadline for submissions is no later than 5 June
News sources: GCU and Solomon Star News.
29 May 2020
Could the opening of a Trans-Tasman bubble eventually see the Solomon Islands benefit from a return of tourists?
According to the latest Reuters report, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday a draft blueprint on safely starting travel between New Zealand and Australia will be presented to both governments in early June.
The neighbours have been discussing the possibility of a travel bubble between them as both have slowed the spread of the novel coronavirus to levels well below those in United States, Britain and some other European countries.
Yesterday, New Zealand's Director General of Health said the risks of a 'bubble' with Pacific countries could be well managed.
“There are calls across the region for travel to be reinstated, possibly before a trans-Tasman bubble with Australia, but the (NZ) Ministry of Health hadn't yet been asked for advice about an arrangement,” he said
"My own view is that the risks can be managed well, especially if we've got countries that have got good testing in place and we know that they haven't got any cases and the arrangements can be put in place for travel to and fro," Dr Bloomfield said.
"I think that many Pacific countries will be interested in seeing if an arrangement can be put in place because their economies are so reliant on tourism."
“He said the Pacific had always been a focus of New Zealand's efforts in response to Covid-19 and it would remain in mind when opening up travel.”
It has been claimed any pathway would have to have a means of testing, tracking, and tracing each person involved.
The Solomon Islands remains free from COVID-19 and already has the equipment at hand for testing and for delivering test results quickly. There are quarantine facilities newly constructed at the International Airport and facilities adapted as quarantine stations in Honiara.
News sources: Reuters and Radio New Zealand