Coordination and planning of work needs improvements at evacuation centres to prevent the spread of diseases and people affected due to lack of relief supplies, says chief health inspector at the Honiara city council.
George Titiulu in an interview said officers of the public servant with other non government organisations are working tirelessly to address rising issues at the evacuation centres.
“Water and sanitation is amongst the top priority and officials are working to provide running water and cleaning detergents to clean up the toilets. In the past days this has been a problem but we have now managed to provide water tanks plus other goods like toilet papers and detergents to keep the toilets clean at all times,” Mr Titiulu said.
He said the WASH team of the ministry of health is also providing water tanks with the help of the police fire service which supplied water.
He said the government of New Zealand has stepped in to support the work to address health risks associated with problems of water and sanitation in the camps.
The health inspector stressed that after the flooding, another issue of concern is the septic which are filled with water and this has to also be closely monitored.
Meanwhile, Mr Titiulu praised the efforts that have been done so far by local officials, stakeholders overseas partners including the Red Cross, Oxfam, Save the Children, World Vision, Church groups who have rendered their support to address the issue of water, food and health of the evacuation centres.
By DANIEL NAMOSUAIA