The SI’s oversight Committee will finalize its action plan to respond to the multi-faceted challenge the country is facing now.
According to Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, the plan will be further refined by the OSC tomorrow.
PM. Sogavare said this refined plan will among other things:
· “Provide a strategy to respond, contain and control the COVID-19 outbreak in Honiara.
· Provide a strategy to respond to, contain, and control the COVID-19 outbreak in Ontong Java, and
· Provide a strategy to respond to the COVID-19 hotspots in provinces that had been associated with Ontong Java in the past 3 weeks. These include Western province, Choiseul province, Isabel province, Guadalcanal province and Makira Ulawa province, “he said
Prime Minister Sogavare said the OSC will advise tomorrow on options for managing people who tested positive, including those that are sick and need medical care if the central field hospital is full.
Meanwhile the Central field hospital is already nearing capacity following the increased number of cases recorded in the last 24 hours.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare revealed this in his latest special national address.
“The central field hospital is already nearly full. It only has a capacity of 56 beds. The total number of positive cases we had in Honiara over the past 3 days is 50”.
“I have been told the numbers of positive cases could be even higher tomorrow. If that is the case, we will not have rooms to put the positive cases into,” PM Sogavare said.
He also stressed that the safety of patients at the National Referral hospital is already severely compromised with 6 positive cases in the Emergency department. We cannot use the NRH for any COVID-19 cases.
Source = Island Sun newspaper.