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Health sorting out outstanding payments to food and oxygen suppliers 

Oxygen Bottle

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) is addressing shortages of some food items and oxygen bottles at the National Referral Hospital as reported by the media early this week.   The shortage is due to outstanding payments, yet to be settled with the suppliers of both food and oxygen bottles, for some parts of 2019, early 2020, and December 2021. Payments for the rest of those years’ bills have already been paid. The Ministry of Health together with Finance and Treasury are working to expedite payments for these outstanding payments.   Currently, 23 oxygen bottles are with NRH and are now being reserved only for emergency theatre operations. All clinicians in the wards have been advised to use oxygen concentrators for now for admitted patients.   With food shortages, all fresh vegetables, fruits, root crops, fish, poultry, and meat products are still available in adequate supply for current demand. It is the dry goods and condiments that are either out of stock or in shortage. These also include rice, tuna, flavors, sources, milk, sugar, milo, and tea bags.  While multiple factors both internal and external to the Ministry have caused the delay in addressing these payments, health would like to assure you that it is working together with the Ministry of Finance to expedite the outstanding payments and restore the supplies of these needed goods at the earliest.   For food supplies, payment instructions have been raised to the Ministry of Finance and Health will be following up on it. Health has also reached out to the food supplier yesterday, discussing the matter with assurances that payments will be made. Both parties have come to a common understanding of better ways forward on the issue of payments. The supplier will resume delivery of food items this week.    Likewise, for oxygen bottles, the Ministry of Finance through its Central Tender Board is assisting and supporting the Ministry of Health in expediting outstanding payments. Health will reach out to the supplier to provide updates and assurance of payment with the hope that the usual twice a week supplies of oxygen bottles can be restored immediately.    Additionally, the current mechanism in place for oxygen bottle payments is being assessed by the Ministry to explore means through which it could be done better.  The Ministry of Health would like to sincerely apologize to its patients affected by the shortage of these items and assure them that it is doing its best to resolve the matter as soon as possible.  

DC Vaevaso thanked China Police for providing 20,000 RATs to RSIPF

DC Ian Vaevaso right with the RAT consignment at the back

Deputy Commissioner (DC) National Security and Operation Support (NSOS) Mr. Ian Vaevaso has expressed sincere gratitude to the timely and generous support from China Police for providing COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) kits. The Chinese Police Liaison Team has handed over…

COVID-19 Dashboard provides dynamic updates

Covid update dashboard

For fast access to view COVID-19 data updates in Honiara and the provinces, please visit the recently launched dashboard. Here is the link: The dashboard as of this week has more than 15,000 viewers both in-country and overseas. The…

MOI Not Forgotten

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The Ministry of Health and Medical Services would like to assure our people at the Malaita Outer Islands (MOI), Malaita Province, that they are not forgotten.Health is once again mobilizing a team of both medical and public health officers together…

PRC expert team here for feasibility studies

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Upon invitation by the Government of Solomon Islands, in the context of surging cases of COVID-19 in the country, an expert team of four from the People’s Republic of China have arrived in Honiara.   The expert team is here to…

All vaccination sites in Honiara closed

Over the past few days, we've seen the influx of people(Honiara Residents) to the vaccination sites and unfortunately, CoVid measures such as social distancing have not been practiced. 

Over the past few days, we’ve seen the influx of people(Honiara Residents) to the vaccination sites and unfortunately, CoVid measures such as social distancing have not been practiced.  The overcrowding sparked constructive debates on social media and some concerned citizens…