NZ and WHO lauds the COVID-19-free Solomon Islands

From left to right: Secretary to Prime Min9ister, Dr. Jimmie Rodgers, Minister for Foreign Affairs and external trade, Hon. Jeremiah Manele, and New Zealand High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, HE Georgina Roberts

The New Zealand Government has joined the World Health Organization and the Australian Government to congratulate Solomon Islands for having the ability to test for COVID-19 locally.

This comes after the recent arrival of the GeneXpert P-C-R cartridges.

The New High Commission Office in Honiara yesterday issued the statement, saying these specialized cartridges can be used in existing tuberculosis machines.

It says this testing capability is a useful interim solution ahead of the more sensitive Q-P-C-R machines becoming operational.

It adds in-country testing is a vital tool for leaders and officials to address the challenge of COVID-19 and help to keep communities safe.

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