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Illegal exchange of goods raises concerns

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Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has call for respect to country’s quarantine laws after alleged exchange of goods between locals in Noro, Western Province and crew of a foreign boat last week.

Speaking during his national address on COVID-19, Sogavare said:“We have received reports of an alleged illegal exchange of goods between locals in Noro and crews of a ship that have undergone quarantine outside of Noro Port. Authorities have been notified and the western province health rapid response team swiftly conducted risk assessments. Although, it was concluded that the risk level was low, I urge citizens and foreign fishing vessels to respect the country’s quarantine laws.”

Meanwhile Sogavare said the government remains committed to security and surveillance at the SI/PNG border.

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Support towards strengthening community preparedness and response to COVID-19 is ongoing by the Western Provincial health teams along the western border communities.

Sogavare said last week, the Government through the health ministry has also supported other normal health services, which includes TB and Immunization of children.

He said health support towards the on-site Coordination and Command Centre in the Shortland Islands is ongoing with the completion and operationalization of the center last week.

“This is important to have a multi-sectoral coordination site in Short-lands for the duration of the COVID-19 situation to continue to ensure effective and efficient response at the border,” he said.

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