THE global pandemic (COVID-19) will be here for quite some time.
This means the government needs to build a separate COVID-19 facility away from the normal health amenities at the National Referral Hospital (NRH).
Speaking to this paper on Monday Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ruth Liloqula said this could be one way of using the COVID-19 funds for a good cause.
“If the government is serious enough then, make use of the COVID-19 funds to start to build a separate facility from NRH for COVID-19 cases,” she said.
She further stressed that it seems that the normal health service at NRH needs to be given a priority since COVID-19 takes centre stage at the moment.
In light of the government’s intention to extend the State of Public Emergency (SoPE), Liloqula calls on the government to learn from other development partners’ approaches and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Look at how they set up their COVID-19 facilities along with their normal health services, we can learn from them and try and set up our own.
“Mind you this Wuhan virus will be here for some time and even today the race to find a cure is still going on,” she added.
By ANDREW FANASIA