Solomon Islands rural network of health centres and clinics need to be made fully functional without delay.
If small holes aren't fixed, then big holes will bring hardship. (English translation of a Chinese proverb)
The Solomon Islands Government has made a sovereign decision to switch its diplomatic ties from Taiwan to the Peoples Republic of China (PRC).
I have noted over recent years that China has been playing an increasing role in those countries with which it has diplomatic relations in Africa in the public health sector, especially in developing health systems, developing infrastructure, supplying medical training and giving medical equipment.
Less attention has been given; it has been said, to Chinese assistance with addressing disease prevention, health education and health promotion and awareness.
The Solomon Island’s infrastructure in respect of rural health centres and clinics needs urgent attention. The situation at the Panueli health clinic on Savo Islands being just one clinic among many throughout the country in need of replacing and fully equipping in order to meet the medical needs of the various communities.
As the Chinese government is known to give direct aid to projects it supports, I would very much hope the change in diplomatic ties will see a rapid infrastructure support programme to restore rural health centres and with the right amount of equipment and make them all fully functional.