The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) dispatched 6 cubic meters of medical supplies to Temotu Province on board the police patrol boat which have arrived in Temotu.
The much needed medical supplies will be distributed throughout the Province
After a number of failed attempts with commercial shipping services, the MHMS managed to get assistance from the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) to ship the consignment of medical supplies on the patrol boat, Gizo, to Temotu.
The patrol boat travelled to Temotu to escort the Prime Minister and the government delegation travelling to Tikopia and Anuta after the 2nd Appointed Day celebration in Lata, the provincial capital.
With the last shipment of medical supplies in February this year, MHMS was aware of the need to quickly replenish stocks as even the basics medical supplies such as paracetamol, amoxicillin and malaria tablets were running out.
Accompanying the consignment of medical supplies to Temotu was the MHMS Deputy Secretary Health Care, Dr Gregory Jilini, the Health Systems, Role Delineation Policy Officer Mr. Cavanagh Tanabose and Nurse Manager in Charge of Tikopia and Anuta health Jenny Kapei.
The team upon arrival completed offloading the supplies to Lata hospital from where they will be sorted for distribution to health facilities across the province, including some to Tukutaunga in Tikopia.
The Permanent Secretary of the MHMS, Mrs. Pauline McNeil said maintaining health services especially with the replenishment of medical drugs and other consumables including supervisory visits to remote and rural areas of the country remains a constant challenge.
Source: Press Release, Ministry of Health and Medical Services and Solomon Times Online.