Health teams will be deployed around Honiara for contact tracing during lockdown
Health teams will be deployed around communities in Honiara to do contact tracing simulation activities during the 36 hour lockdown.
National Health Emergency Operation Centre (NHEOC) Incident Controller Dr Nemia Bainivalu said this are part of the simulation exercise during the lockdown to test their response capability.
The lockdown will start at 6pm today, Sunday 28, and ends at 6am Tuesday Morning.
The health team will be in full Personal Protective Equipment, and public are advised not to fear but cooperate with the team.
“This are response mechanisms in preparation for when the country has a community transmission.
“The purpose is so that we can see and remove potential COVID-19 positive cases from communities. It will also be done to see how we can restrict movement,” Dr Bainivalu said.
Locations for this simulation exercise will be guided by the Master Plan team.
Dr Bainivalu briefed journalists that NHEOC will also look on coordination of medical management during the lockdown.
“This will be what we will do when a COVID-19 patient is identified.
“On laboratory testing, we will test the capacity that the lab can take as a threshold, as results will be important on how we will manage people with COVID-19.
“Risk communication with stakeholders will also be tested during the lockdown,” Dr Bainivalu said.