PREMIER of Western Province is pleading with all people of Western Province to follow strict measures and protocols that was already endorsed by the Executive through Western Provincial Disaster Oversight Committee (PDOC).
This came after the activation of the Level 3 response phase approved yesterday by the Provincial Health Oversight and Emergency Committee (PHEOC), the Provincial Disaster Oversight Committee (PDOC) and was endorsed by the Western Provincial Government Executive.
In his special address today Western Province Premier Christian Burley Mesepitu appealed to the people of Western Province from Gatokae in the Eastern border to the Shortland Islands in the Western border to follow to follow strict health measures highlighted by the Prime Minister in his special nationwide address yesterday morning and again this afternoon through SIBC radio.
He said in light of the new confirmed cases which now reach 48 over the last 24 hours starting from five 5 people in Ontong Java it means COVID-19 is already spreading at an alarming rate.
“The chance of spreading of this deadly virus is already very high,’’ he added.
Therefore, as the Premier of Western Province he wishes to reiterate the following safety measures for all people of the province and Solomon Islands to respect and observe as priority in order to minimize community transmission of this deadly virus.
1. Please let respect our boarder rules and regulations not to violet them just for your own personal interest and benefits. 2. Let us maintain social distances and avoid close contact with other people and avoid public and social gathering must be restricted. 3. Please use sanitizers at all times. 4. Wearing your masks at all times whether you are at home or in public places. 5. Observe travel restrictions whether domestic or International 6. Employers are called upon to close your businesses when necessary. 7. Take vaccines. Premier Mesepitu went on by personally urging all the Western Province people to strictly observe the following. 1. For the people of Shortland Islands in the far West, please observe and respect all rules and boarder regulations. 2. I appeal to the general public that all inter-Island travels must be restricted and closely monitored for the safety of our communities. 3. Make all necessary precautionary measures to meet arriving boats that came ashore in your respective communities to avoid contacting or spreading of the virus. 4. Practicing social distances of 2 to 3 meters apart. 5. Avoid travelling or restrict movement from one Island to another or from one village to another. 6. All employees please consider and practice all important measures to avoid contacting the virus. 7. All good people of Western Province to listen out through radio messages and the oversight committee for important announcements and please don’t spread rumors that are not verified by responsible authorities. 8. Those people including students who are planning to travel to Honiara please remain in your villages and towns until further notice. 9. He also calls on to those who have not yet vaccinated to please don’t be ignorant but adhere to the calls that has been issued by the Prime Minister for the last 18 months. 10. To those who have taken their first jab he calls them to get their second jab to complete the process. He also calls on all leaders of Western Province including government, Church leaders, chiefs, village elders, stakeholders and business houses to support each other in this trying times in order to minimize the spread of this COVID 19 virus in our communities and Towns.
“Let us not forget that this virus can only spread rapidly when we disobey the rules and regulations and most of which is the movement of people,” Premier Mesepitu said.
“Let us be united and work together by adhering all safety measures and protocols to avoid mass community transmission in our villages and Township.
“May God bless Western Province and may God bless Solomon Islands from shore to shore,” he concluded.
By ULUTAH GINAGIZO NEWS BUREAU