Ministry of Health

Solomon Islands

 

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SARS REPORTS

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Brief Introduction

Health services in Solomon Islands is predominantly function of the Government with implementing agencies in the province under the Provincial Agreement Act. Health financing and manpower supply are centrally controlled and disbursed. Health services delivery to the people uses the primary health care approach. There is mixture of horizontal and vertical health programs. Most public health programs such as the Malaria Control Programs, Environmental Health and Rural Water Supply programs, and health education programs are typical vertical programs. The health care system in Solomon Islands is heavily subsidized. There is very minimal private input as compared to other neighboring countries. However, collaboration and community participation is promoted at all levels. 

This advisory is given by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with Immigration, Quarantine and Travel Agencies in Solomon Islands, aimed at preventing introduction of SARS into the country and ensuring the health and well being of the local population and visiting friends.

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have received reports of patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) from Canada, China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Germany and the United Kingdom. The cause of these illnesses is unknown and is being investigated. Early manifestations in these patients have included influenza-like symptoms such as fever, muscle pains, headache, sore throat, dry cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.

Based on currently available evidence, close contact with an infected person is needed for the infective agent to spread from one person to another.

This illness can be severe and, due to global travel, has spread to several countries in a relatively short period of time. Therefore, there is cause for concern.

 

The Ministry of Health SARS Taskforce is happy to provide further information or assistance to you. 
Please contact Dr George Malefoasi on 
Phone 24097 or mobile 72455  
email: Malefoasi@solomon.com.sb 
 Dr. Dennie Iniakwala on Phone 23404 or email: dennie@solomon.com.sb