WHO donates medicines and medical supplies for 50 000 people to Solomon Islands
HONIARA, 10 July 2014 - Dr Shin Young-soo, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for the Western Pacific, visited Solomon Islands and the National Referral Hospital to offer WHO support for major public health challenges and to donate an emergency health kit to replenish supplies used during the recent floods.
The emergency health kit is the first of five kits to be provided by WHO to Solomon Islands. Each kit contains essential medicines, supplies and equipment designed to cover the health needs of 10 000 people for three months.
“The National Referral Hospital is in need of urgent assistance,” said Dr Shin. “Now, more than ever, we need to address these issues so that Solomon Islanders can receive the basic health services they require.”
WHO is also working with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to carry out a safe hospital assessment, which includes a review of infrastructure, water, waste management and sanitation.
“The National Referral Hospital is vital to Solomon Islands health system, but serious challenges to infrastructure, water, sanitation and hygiene exist,” noted Dr Shin during his three-day visit to Honiara this week. “The prevention and control of infection must be prioritized.”
Thankfully, the National Referral Hospital was not badly damaged during the flash floods in April, despite its waterfront location and proximity to the Mataniko River which burst its banks. However, the surge in patients has strained hospital operations and exhausted vital medical resources.
“WHO remains committed to helping Solomon Islands to ensure that health services are of high quality, affordable and, most importantly, accessible to all,” Dr Shin concluded.
For further information, please contact:
Ms Samantha Chapman
WHO Representative Office in Solomon Islands
Telephone: + 677 783 9327
Mr Ruel E. Serrano
Assistant, Public Information Office
WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific
Telephone: +632 528 9993