The Australian Defence Force (ADF) under Solomons’ International Assistance Force (SIAF) have worked alongside the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) to airlift medical supplies to different hospitals in the country.
The ADF logistics with the support from Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) with the NH90 helicopter which successfully airlift the needed medical supplies between 29 November to 2 December 2023 to Buala, Tulagi, Auki and Kirakira.
Senior pharmacy officer, Buala hospital Mr. Lambeth Viggar on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) thanked the safe delivery of much needed medical supplies to Buala hospital and the arrangement to airlift these supplies to other hospitals.
He said the normal arrangement for freighting of those medical supplies is very expensive and sometimes delays depending on transport schedules.
“We are really happy for such an arrangement to airlift the medical supplies,” added Viggar.
Commissioner of RSIPF Mr. Mostyn Mangau thanked the SIAF for the continuous support. He commended the support saying despite the Police were being engaged in the Pacific Games, the dedication and support of the ADF and RNZAF under SIAF to support RSIPF coordination with Ministry of Health National Medical Supplies they were able to render the support.
Mangau said the medical service delivery was important. “I commend our SIAF partners for the support and well done job in supporting the National Medical Stores in delivering medical suppliers of about 2700 Kilograms,” he added.