Concern over markets’ closure in Auki

The temporary closure of betel nut and clothing markets in Auki, Malaita Province has been described as unfair. This is because Chinese operated shops continue to provide services during COVID-19 community transmission in Auki. A former provincial government employee and betel nut vendor Modesto Tua told Solomon Star in an interview. He further complained that…

MCC, SOLOMON ISLANDS CELEBRATE SIGNING US$20 MILLION GRANT PROGRAM 

THE U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the Government of Solomon Islands signed the US$20 million (SBD$161million) MCC-Solomon Islands Threshold Program today, formalizing a partnership that aims to alleviate poverty and encourage sustainable development in the island nation. MCC’s Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mahmoud Bah joined U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon…

Crews undergo swab tests

CREW members of two landing crafts that arrived in Gizo, Western Province early this week have been swabbed.   A team from the Western Provincial Health Authority carried out the swabbing exercise. The vessels arrived but were denied permission to berth at the wharf until swabs were collected and results known. The two vessels are…

Vaccination starts

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services has announced that the vaccination rollout programme will start today (Thursday 27th January) at four locations. The vaccination sites are: · Burns Creek · Fishing Village · Lord Howe Settlement · Namoruka Settlement (White River) A statement from the Ministry said due to the community transmission status in…

China offers emergency support

CHINA has lived up to its promise by delivering much needed emergency humanitarian assistance supplies to Solomon Islands, Wednesday. The support comes as the country tries to grapple with COVID-19 community transmission since last week. A statement issued by Government Communication Unit said on WednesdayJanuary 26, 2022, Cabinet Ministers of Solomon Islands, the Hon. Culwick…

MALAITA approves $1.9m to counter COVID-19

THE Malaita Provincial Executive has approved $1.9million to counter the COVID-19 situation in Malaita Province. Speaking to Solomon Star Auki this afternoon (Wednesday 26th January), Premier Daniel Suidani said the decision was made during an extraordinary meeting held on Monday this week. Premier Suidani said the money is mainly to support the Provincial Disaster Operation Centre…

Togamana: strict home isolation crucial

Restricted movement and home isolation is crucial to reducing the rapid transmission of covid-19 in communities in view of the outbreak in Honiara and other Provincial hotspots. Since the outbreak on January 19, health authorities asked people to self-isolate at home while practicing COVID-19 safety measures including frequent hand washing, coughing into elbows, social distancing…