Ministry plans to serve all provinces by 2017

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Service should be supporting all provinces in the country to improve family planning and contraceptive uptake by 2017, according to the ministry’s New Health Outline. This involves helping both single and married women to access birth control methods that best suits their circumstances and needs as new contraceptives are…

Health outlines priorities

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) has outlined its priorities for the next five years at this week’s National Health Conference in Honiara. Priorities reflected in the new National Health Strategic Plan 2016 – 2020 include improving the coverage and quality of health services, building strong partnerships to expand the reach of health…

Health workers show the way

HEALTH workers attending the 2015 National Health Conference this week in Honiara have been modelling healthy behaviors. In the course of the Health Conference which is successfully ended yesterday, the health workers voluntary donated blood, doing physical exercises between sessions and getting their blood pressure, blood sugar and weight checked. Speaking in response to the…

Gov’t urged to seriously review PPIA

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group has urged the DCC Government to seriously prioritize the reviewing of the Political Parties Integrity Act (PPIA). In a statement, the Parliamentary Opposition understands the review is currently in progress as the national consultation process is underway. However, the Parliamentary Opposition Group says the recent political developments have proven that the…

Aid machine tracks prohibited gases

SOLOMON Island Customs & Excise Division (SICED) proudly took ownership of a new gas testing machine that can identify prohibited and restricted gases Customs recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Ozone Unit of the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification (MMERE) for the enforcement and control of importation and exportation…

Case of Bougainvilleans adjourned

THE case of the nine Bougainville men and a local facing immigration charges has been further adjourned to November 12 for plea. Sylester Motoqo, Vincent Ma’ako, Justin Moiru, Eddie Posena, Joe Nupa, Nigel Tonnaku, Thomas Konnou, Dominic Samo and Tom Ruben from Bougainville were each charged with one count of unlawful presence contrary to section…

Wate dismisses Waimapuru claim

EDUCATION authorities denied claims exam papers sent to Waimapuru National Secondary School in Makaira-Ulawa Province were misplaced during transportation. Teachers from the school made the claim after some of the exam papers did not get to them in time. But Director of National Examinations Standard Unit (NESU) Linda Wate clarified the exam papers are still…

Police posting to Pelau praised

DEPLOYMENT of police officers to Pelau in Ontong Java, Malaita Province Outer Islands has been welcomed as an important achievement. Provincial member for ward 32 in Pelau Island, Chris Toher Mouka acknowledged and applauded the initiative by the Commissioner of Police, Frank Prendergast. Mr Mouka said the deployment of two police officers to Pelau was…

Paroled prisoner still in custody

A PAROLED life-time prisoner has been re-arrested and is due to be back in court on 10th November 2015 for allegedly breaching the terms of his parole.  Karawasi Taisia has been placed in police custody since his arrest on 1 September 2015. Police have charged Taisia for intimidation. Taisia had been returned to police custody…

Isabel drinks more alcohol

ISABEL Province consumes more alcohol and kava than any other provinces in the country, a newly released survey report show. The 2012 – 2013 Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) report was released yesterday. It revealed Isabel accounts for 14 per cent of the nation’s alcohol beverages consumption rate, followed by Honiara with 12 per…