COVID-19 facilities for Western & Choiseul assessed and awaits implementation

Institutional Quarantine Facilities (IQF’s) and Isolation Units for Western and Choiseul Province has been identified, assessed and awaits improvement works.

For Western Province, the IQF’s and isolation sites are designated on areas which are frequent contact points for incoming passenger planes and vessels from abroad.

Quarantine facilities for frontline workers are also identified for Gizo,Munda and Seghe for assessment.

Choiseul identified two centres for accommodating any suspected COVID-19 case or for contact tracing should any case arises.

Below are sites for both provinces which the government through its agencies like Health, Infrastructure and Camp Management of the National Disaster Operations Committee (N-DOC) are working on as part of its preparedness response plans.

Western ProvinceChoiseul Province
Quarantine CentreIsolation UnitQuarantine CentreIsolation Unit
  Nusa Tupe Island Accommodation      Gizo Hospital tuberculosis (TB) clinic  Taro staff hostel  Taro Hospital ward
Soltuna Girls Hostel  Noro LodgeSasamunga Community HousePJ Twomey Memorial Hospital ward
  Helena Goldie Nursing School          Helena Goldie Hospital TB ward  
Old Seghe Hospital  Seghe Hospital Children/Male Ward    
  Nila St Annie’s Girls Dormitory      Nila Clinic  

This facilities awaits funding from the government through the Ministry of Infrastructure Development for refurbishment and repurposing for stand-by mode.

In the meantime, Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC) for both province continues to ensure all committee sectors of the Provincial Disaster Operations Committees (P-DOC) are ready in their response plan and development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s).

COVID-19 facilities for Western & Choiseul assessed and awaits implementation
Isolation centre at Nila Catholic station, Shortland Islands.

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