April 14, 2020

Caretaker Prime Minister Charlot Salwai has acknowledged China for responding positively to Vanuatu’s request to provide the necessary supplies and equipment, in order to support its health system in case there are confirmed cases of COVID-19. The medical equipment arrived in Port Vila on Saturday evening. The caretaker PM noted the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on economies, social and cultural structures and health systems globall ...

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New Zealand to provide assistance to Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Harold

April 09, 2020

New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced an initial package of support to help the people and the Government of Vanuatu respond to the impact of Tropical Cyclone Harold. “Our Pacific neighbours have been hit by a Category 5 Cyclone at the same time as dealing with the economic impacts of COVID-19. “Early reports show Tropical Cyclone Harold has caused major damage to homes, public buildings, infrastruct ...

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April 08, 2020

The people in SANMA Province are in urgent assistance of food, shelter and water after category 5 cyclone Harold. Mayor of the Luganville Municipal Council (LMC), Peter Patty, conveyed this to the Daily Post via satellite phone yesterday. He said: “We are badly affected. advertisement “We urgently need water, food and shelter at the moment. “Many have lost their homes. Schools are destroyed. Electricity is down. “I’ ...

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All business houses must have handwashing facilities

April 02, 2020

All business houses are required to set up Handwashing facilities or Hand Washing stations within their premises. The Directive was made by the Director of National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) as per the State of Emergency regulations. Director of the Department of Water Resources, Erickson Sammy has further clarified that handwashing facilities or station means include availability of soap, running water, method of hygienically ...

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April 01, 2020

Tafea Police Patrol yesterday detained the captain of MV Touaraken 3 at Lenakel wharf for breaching State of Emergency orders. The vessel had gone to Tanna with fresh supplies of fuel for the island with authorization from the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) for transportation of fuel only and cargo only. The Tafea Police Patrol under the working group of Border and Security under the Tafea Emergency Operations Centre had to ...

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Tanna constituency election race to be tight

March 17, 2020

Tanna is the most vibrant constituency during the period of general elections where election preparations have remained the same since 1980s. Over the last two weeks, camps were set up to rally support for all candidates contesting in the 2020 general election. In the past, the number of supporters have been determined through pledge of support by groups in different parts of the constituency, where a small group takes that pledge to t ...

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March 16, 2020

The Public Service Commission (PSC) has banned foreign travel by civil servants as of March 13 (Friday last week) until further notice. In a circular to all Directors General, Directors, Provincial Secretary Generals, Executive and Human Resource Officers, the Secretary General (SG) of PSC, Jean-Yves Bibi, said no government officials is allowed to travel abroad. “After getting information via the National Coronavirus Task Force abou ...

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Chief calls on Labour to stop all seasonal workers travelling amid Coronavirus fears

March 11, 2020

People in Vanuatu have raised concerns over people still travelling to Australia and New Zealand amid the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the two countries. A call has been made to the Government to repatriate all ni-Vanuatu seasonal workers serving overseas and wait until the two countries are cleared. Chief Malcolm Raymond of Tanna said if the government values the life of its people then it must act now before the virus spreads ...

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Task Force to set up Isolation Ward at VCH

March 10, 2020

The National Coronavirus Task Force is planning to use the TB Ward at Vila Central Hospital (VCH) as the isolation ward to treat suspected cases of coronavirus, if detected in Vanuatu. Acting Director of the Department of Policy, Planning and Corporate Services and Media Focal Person of the National Coronavirus Task Force, Russel Tamata, said the TB Ward is being refurnished. He said the task force is considering another isolation ward ...

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Task Force advises against diversion of cruise ships to Vanuatu

March 09, 2020

The National Coronavirus Task Force has advised South Sea Shipping not to accept the diversion of cruise ships to Vanuatu amid coronavirus fears. Acting Director of the Department of Planning, Policy and Corporate Services of the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Media Focal Person of the National Coronavirus Task Force, Russel Tamata, conveyed this when clarifying why Carnival Splendor berthed in Port Vila last Friday when it was not schedule ...

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