Deputy Prime Minister, Honourable Manasseh Maelanga has urged the world’s largest floating Hospital, The USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) to consider coinciding with the hosting of the 2023 South Pacific Games that will be held in Honiara between the 19th of November to the 2nd of December next year.
Hon. Maelanga highlighted this during his remarks at the closing ceremony of the Pacific Partnership 2022 (PP22) hosted onboard the US navy vessel yesterday.
“I also echo the request by the Honourable Prime Minister [Manasseh Sogavare] who is also the Minister of 2023 Pacific Games, Please consider the visit in 2023”, Hon. Maelanga said.
This came after Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare suggested during the PP22 welcoming ceremony late last month that a visit in 2023 would add a new dimension to the Pacific Partnership program because USNS Mercy will be supporting all 24 participating countries in one location.
Hon.Maelanga also said that this year’s PP22 mission has set a benchmark against which future missions that which will be compared.
“I’m delighted to say that the PP22 mission has been a tremendous success, it has touched the lives of our people through the medical and dental services provided by the expert team from the USNS Mercy” Said the Deputy Prime Minister.
With the two weeks that the navy were here in Honiara not only have they assisted through their medica and engineering fieldsl , Deputy Maelanga also highlighted that local businesses have been greatly benefited from the PP22 mission.
“Tremendous sales have been reported from our Kava’s, weavers, and other handcraft makers. Some restaurants and bars have also reported large increase in their revenue during the past 10 days”, he said.
The USNS Mercy will set sail from Point Cruz harbour this week.