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Recent WHO medical supplies donation to bolster local health services

By Daniel Namosuaia

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, June 28, 2012) – Health authorities say they are prepared to provide the most needed health services despite an expected increase of population up to 100,000 in Honiara for the festival.

Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Health-Health improvement Dr. Tenneth Alepanda said the large population will, of course, stretched the health sector’s already limited resources.

"However, he said the delivery of emergency stocks donated by the World Health Organization recently was a timely gift which will provide backup clinical supplies. For that I would like to thank WHO for those timely donations which will enable us to deliver the necessary services demanded by the larger population," Dr. Alepanda said.

He added that stock takes in all clinics have already been done to ensure supply stocks are available for the increase in surge capacity in the city as well as other host provinces.

Meanwhile the Honiara city health services are said to have specifically tasked to absorb the increase in surge expected into Honiara from throughout the country.

However Dr. Alepanda said they are mobilizing their supply lines to ensure movement of supplies are well coordinated.

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