LATEST NEWS: Drug supplies topped up in Solomons capital
Quoting Radio New Zealand – 19 July 2018.
“Emergency drug supplies are expected to be delivered to the National Hospital and clinics around the Solomon Islands today.
“The measure comes after the government held a meeting over a shortage in the national drug supply earlier in the week.
“The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reported it was established that while two provinces had adequate supplies which could last up to three months, other provinces had low or zero stock.
“Prime Minister Rick Hou said the government had now secured supplies from local pharmacies in Honiara to address the shortage while they await additional orders to be fulfilled.
“Mr Hou said the government was also reaching out to its diplomatic missions and would brief them to request their urgent assistance.”
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19 July 2018
Solomons Western Province taking the lead in addressing gender and women’s issues
This week as Parliament was welcoming its newest member to the house, Ms. Lanelle Tagaganda, after her election victory in the Gizo- Kolombangara by-election in May, the Western Provincial Government was affirming its commitment to addressing gender and women’s issues with the launch of its first-ever women’s policy.
It was reported that the Western Province Women’s Empowerment and Transformation Policy for Development was a blueprint for the strategies, projects and programmes the province that can use to address obstacles that prevent women from nurturing their talents and fully participating as equal partners in provincial development.
Quoting from an article in the Solomon Star, in remarks during the launch, the Director of Women in the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs Pauline Soaki said the policy, which the Western Provincial Government Executive endorsed and was noted in the Provincial Assembly earlier this year, and was in line with the National Development Strategy2016-2035. The strategy aiming to achieve full gender equality by eliminating gender discrimination in the social, cultural, economic and political spheres. (Solomon Star)
“Indeed, the policy’s goal that women and girls are empowered to transform their status to improve their livelihoods and ensure full participation in the sustainable development of Western Province is bold, smart and compelling,” Ms. Soaki said.
“This goal, translated into eight strategic outcomes, offers many entry points for various stakeholders, including development partners, civil society, the private sector and academia, to work together with the Western Provincial Government on the interlinked pillars of social, economic and political empowerment of women.” Ms. Soaki added.
It is understood the policy also reflects the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which recognizes gender equality as a fundamental right and a driver of progress in achieving all development goals.
Again to quote Ms Soaki’s words. “This goal, translated into eight strategic outcomes, offers many entry points for various stakeholders, including development partners, civil society, the private sector and academia, to work together with the Western Provincial Government on the interlinked pillars of social, economic and political empowerment of women.”
I very much hope to see the early outcomes Ms. Soaki has envisaged could come about and I offer my congratulations to the Western Provincial Government for this of long awaited initiative on gender equality and women’s issues.
Timely donation of 20 Rubbish Bins to the NRH
I thank the Hon Member for the West Honiara Constituency and the community there for donating 20 rubbish bins to the National Referral Hospital.
I understand the donation came about after an appeal from the NRH after receiving complaints from patients and concerned citizens.
The doctors, nurses and administrative staff at the NRH work tirelessly to care for the sick and injured, often in difficult working conditions and with relatively few funds given the responsibility as the main referral hospital for a growing national population said to be about 650,000.
In such circumstances, I always try to thank the friends of the NRH.
19 July 2018
A Live Band Concert to aid the National Referral Hospital (NRH)
I offer my personal thanks to the newly created Honiara Band Association (HBA) and to its chairperson, Benjamin Afuga, for the plan to organise a two-day live band concert in Honiara to raise money for the National Referral Hospital (NRH) this weekend.
It is known the fundraising event is intended to raise money to donate to the NRH so the hospital’s authorities can quickly purchase locally available medicine and drugs which have reported to be in short supply at the NRH at this time.
I commend the idea of helping the NRH during the reported critical shortage of drugs and medical supplies.
I very much hope the live band concert will be a success and achieve the objectives intended.
I would also like to thank all the participants taking part in the two-day fund raising event and the RSIPF for allowing the Rove Police Club to be used as the venue.
ANTI-CORRUPTION BILL TABLED IN SOLOMONS
Quoting the Solomon Star newspaper – 19 July 2018
“PRIME Minister, Rick Hou, has tabled the ‘Anti-Corruption Bill 2017’ in Parliament yesterday after it was withdrawn last year by his former predecessor, Manasseh Sogavare.
“The Bill was the flagship of the former Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government’s anti-corruption policies and aimed to establish the framework for an independent commission against corruption.
“Speaking in Parliament, Mr Hou, said it was a history day for Solomon Islands people because the desired to see government fight against corruption.
“Mr Hou said the current Bill is broad base because it targets the public officers and the private sectors including churches, schools and other organisations.
“I would like to take exception to the common definition of corruption as being, the abuse of public office for private gain.
“I have a problem with this narrow definition,” he said.
“First, the abuse of public office can only occur if the public official occupying that office has abused the power given to that office.
“Second, it takes two, not one, for a corruption action to occur and surely the public official who has accept, solicit, or extort a bribe must be punished for being a party to the corrupt act,” he said.
“Furthermore, Mr Hou said it is very sad to see that this evil culture is widespread and prevalent in the Church today.
“It is all church-ran organisations, including schools.
“And I have say that my only regret is that these practices are mostly covered up,” he added.
“However, Mr Hou said the good news is that through this Bill, with an amendment at Clause 67, it should bring private sector organisations, and civil society groups, including churches, being roped in as well.
“So this Bill is in all of our interests – the public interest of this country,” he said.
“Mr Hou said ultimately, the public official will be held accountable for abusing the public office he/she holds for private gain.
“But if we really want to be effective in the fight against corruption the private sector, civil society organisations including religious bodies and other interest groups must be held accountable as well when hawking bribery to public officials for a favour, advantages, or other benefits.
“It makes sense therefore that when addressing corruption we must start from the public sector, but this fight must ultimately be inclusive of the non-government sectors,” he added.”
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