By RSIPF MEDIA
The Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) Deputy Commissioner Operations Juanita Matanga met with the Choiseul Provincial Government and visited the Choiseul Bay Provincial Secondary School on 27 August 2020.
Deputy Commissioner Matanga was in the western border region to discuss with chiefs and landowners in the Shortlands and Choiseul the issue of access to islands in the region for RSIPF officers deployed as part of the Operation COVID-19 to protect Solomon Islands from virus coming through the common border with Papua New Guinea. Bougainville has already recorded one case of COVID-19
During her meeting with the Choiseul Provincial Government DC Matanga explained the purpose of her visit to the Western and Choiseul provinces with regard to the current COVID-19 operation at the western border and what are the challenges faced by RSIPF officers during the Operation.
The Choiseul Provincial Government acknowledged the RSIPF Deputy Commissioner’s visit to the western border and praised her for the successful meetings with chiefs and landowners in the Shortland Islands
The meeting also discussed the proposal for Pangoe Island in Choiseul Province to be used as an observation post for the RSIPF officers deployed on Operation COVID-19 as the island is in the main route of Bougainvilleans crossing into Solomon Islands side of the common border.
Other issues raised during the meeting included the formalisation of quarantine sites at Taro to reduce expenses in transporting suspects coming across from Bougainville to Kulitanai in the Shortland Islands for assessment and then to Gizo for quarantine.
While in Choiseul Deputy Commissioner Matanga also travelled to the Choiseul Bay Provincial Secondary School to emphasise to teachers and students the need to maintain hygiene every day to prevent the coronavirus.
She also gave a talk to the students on peer pressure, the proper use of internet for research and the need to avoid drugs as it can easily affect the future of the students.
“I want to thank the Choiseul Provincial Government and the Choiseul Bay Provincial Secondary School for the opportunity to meet with them. I hope the messages and concerns raised during our meetings will be considered for the betterment of our country as we all continue to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from reaching our shores,” says DC Matanga.