The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) has finally returned to the Outer Islands of Malaita (MOI) after its first deployment in January this year which detected cases of COVID-19 in the community.
Although community transmission in Honiara, followed by Malaita Province, delayed the 2n/a The deployment, health through many discussions and the mobilization of limited personnel finally arrived there, a fortnight ago, according to a press release published by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.
MOI’s 12-member health team consisted of doctors and nurses, pharmacists, risk communications, data, logistics and infrastructure officers.
Medical and COVID-19 supplies deployed with the team include COVID-19 supplies and COVID-19 and routine vaccines, rapid test kits, basic medicines and drugs, infection, prevention and control and personal protective equipment.
Since arriving, the team has provided general outpatient services, administration of COVID-19 and other vaccines in accordance with the routine Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI).
Other risk communication activities, including community outreach and engagements, were also conducted for MOI communities.
The review of clinic registers and the collection of data on ILI since November and December 2021 was also carried out.
Assessment of health infrastructure, infection, prevention and control needs and gaps to be filled to strengthen COVID-19 preparedness in MOIs was also carried out, including for communication and communication. logistics.
The team is currently in Pelau and is scheduled to travel to Luaniua in the next few days and return to Honiara on day 10 of deployment.
The Ministry of Health, following the downward trend of cases in the capital in recent days and weeks, has started the deployment of health workers to the national ministry and the national reference hospital in the provinces to support the response to COVID-19, primarily the management of severe and critical cases of COVID-19. patients, including outpatient services.
Support for more strategic deployment of COVID-19 vaccines and COVID-19 tests has also been provided to provinces based on their COVID-19 situation.
Restocking and prepositioning of additional medical supplies, including for COVID, at provincial pharmacies, including hospitals and clinics.
These deployments are based on gaps and needs identified by provincial health teams. So far, support has been given to Malaita, West and Central Islands Province and more will be organized for other provinces.
This is important as the virus is now being transmitted to and within rural communities where the majority of our population resides.