For most of us in Honiara the Central Field Hospital (CFH) or previously known as the Multipurpose Hall is where we first received our COVID-19 vaccination and health has been very grateful towards many positive feedback by the public towards the hospital’s space, cleanliness and hygiene environment.
Nevertheless, the Ministry of Health would like to announce that the CFH will now be returned to its original purpose, COVID-19 isolation ward, to safely isolate and manage COVID-19 cases to prevent any community transmission.
All vaccination activities at the field hospital have ceased as of last week with work soon to commence to return the hospital to an isolation ward.
This will involve finalization of the work plan and workflow within the CFH including the systems and standard operating procedures, to be followed by the patients and health workers who will man the hospital. This is to ensure that all slightest possibility of patients transmitting the virus to health workers is addressed.
The CFH which is fully funded by the government is the largest COVID-19 isolation ward in country with bed capacity of over 50 and clear pathways demarcated by walls, corridors and doors including coloured pathways defining pathways for patients and health workers that will be functioning inside the hospital.
The health ministry is also working with relevant authorities to secure additional buildings and spaces to use for COVID-19 isolation both in Honiara and the provinces as during community transmission, these facilities will serve well the people from contracting the virus and potentially reducing the spread.
Following the closure of the CFH, public in Honiara are hereby advised to receive their COVID-19 vaccination at the three sites in Honiara, the Children’s Park at Rove, space below Holy Cross opposite the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and the Kukum Field below Mbua Valley School. MHMS will inform accordingly as fixed vaccination sites in Honiara moves.
MHMS is grateful indeed to all health workers including the public whom have received their vaccination there for taking good care of the facility. This is the attitude that we all need towards our health facilities in order to save money for other health services and ensure that our facilities remain up to standard to continue serving our health needs.