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Samoa confirms Covid-19 case at MIQ

The Samoa Ministry of Health has confirmed a positive case of Covid-19 detected among a group in quarantine at a hotel in Apia.

Health Director General Leausa Dr Take Naseri confirmed that it was a 24-year-old man who had traveled from Hawaii via Fiji.

Leausa Dr Take Naseri, Health Director in Samoa
Photo: samoan government

He arrived on the Fiji Airways flight that brought home students from the University of the South Pacific and Samoans working in Fiji.

He was fully vaccinated and tests indicated he was asymptomatic.

Leausa said he was not showing any symptoms of coronavirus.

He is now in a Ministry of Health isolation center.

Leausa confirmed that no other passengers had tested positive and that all were still in quarantine.

The Northern Mariana Islands reported their sixth death linked to Covid-19 as the territory confirmed 260 positive cases yesterday, giving the islands 1,774 cases since March 2020.

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force said the patient was an unvaccinated resident who tested positive in November.

Gov. Ralph Torres said the death is yet another reminder for people in the territory who are not vaccinated to get vaccinated.

Remembrance ceremony in Tahiti for the victims of the pandemic

A remembrance ceremony was held at Taone hospital in Tahiti last Friday, to pay tribute to the victims and doctors of the pandemic.

Friday’s ceremony took place in the presence of the President of French Polynesia Edouard Fritch and the Minister of Health Jacques Raynal.

The ceremony was to thank staff for risking their lives to save others during the pandemic.

636 people have now died from Covid-19 in French Polynesia, where there have been a total of 46,334 cases.

AfDB helps PNG with state-owned enterprises

Asian Development Bank provides $ 150 million loan to improve public enterprises in Papua New Guinea.

Most essential services in PNG, such as energy, water, telecommunications, ports and air transport, are provided by state-owned enterprises.

PNG’s SOE reform program aims to help these agencies deliver high-quality services at affordable prices.

The program aims to reduce unsustainable borrowing practices, improve accountability and transparency, and encourage private sector participation in service delivery.

The ADB will work closely with Australia, New Zealand, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank for the implementation of this loan.

Pacific Community to give Solomon Islands health technology boost

Provincial medical services in Solomon Islands will receive a technological boost from the Pacific Community.

The community donates audiovisual equipment, including tablets, laptops, projectors, cameras, video conferencing equipment and smart monitors.

Salomon’s permanent health secretary Pauline McNeil said the new equipment would play a critical role.

She said this would greatly improve the ability to share experiences between national and provincial teams, and thus improve medical expertise across the country.

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