PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare says the country’s state of the art COVID-19 testing capabilities has been a main pillar in containing the virus.
Prime Minister Sogavare highlighted this during his nation-wide address today.
The Prime Minister said to date more than 7000 tests have been conducted at the National Referral Hospital Molecular laboratory and the Gizo Hospital laboratory.
“We are also pleased to advise that both laboratories have been doing pre-departure testing for people leaving the country to other countries that require such tests to be done,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said COVID-19 testing capability in Kiluúfi Hospital, Malaita province and the National Public Health Laboratory will be in place shortly.
Prime Minister Sogavare said plans are also underway to establish a COVID-19 testing capability at the Taro hospital in Choiseul province.