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The World Health Organisation (WHO) office in the Solomon Islands has cautioned health authorities not to allow the anti-covid19 campaign to impede other pressing medical problems.
Dr Yogesh Choudri, Technical Advisor to WHO Solomon Islands office, says it is critically imperative that a balance be struck between covid-19 and other medical priorities.
“Internally we have been discussing about how are we doing in terms of non-communicable diseases and immunisation coverage and we want to ensure that these services are not suffering because of covid-19 response that we have at the moment,” he said.
Choudri said it’s been a testing time for the country, ministry of health and its partners but they very careful and concerned about the pandemic and covid-19 in a NCD-affected population.
“This is because there is a high risk of mortality amongst the people with NCDs so we are addressing these issues so that this people will continue to get the services in the times of COVID-19,” he said.
Pauline McNeil, Permanent Secretary for Health, said “the issue of NCD is a surge and will have rooms available but if there is surge of diabetic cases than obviously, we have to look for other options in terms of the space.
“So, for the NCD currently the hospital has more than 300 beds in the National Referral Hospital (NRH) and we are on emergency mode but obviously we also realise that our normal services need to continue to run at the normal functions, “she said
SOURCE: ISLAND SUN/PACNEWS
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