Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has thanked the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) for the tremendous work they have done so far as the fight against COVID-19 pandemic is continuing.
PM Sogavare uttered the statement when he visited the National Referral Hospital (NRH) early this week.
“The government is taking all necessary and proactive measures to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.”
He acknowledged frontline workers within the MHMS and other frontline workers in other ministries and disciplines throughout the country.
“You have the appreciation and thanks from your government and a grateful nation for your role in preventing and in preparing for COVID-19 should it enter our country,” he said in an issued government statement.
The Prime Minister also expressed his gratitude to the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Pauline McNeil, the Senior Executive of the Ministry, in particular, the team in the National Emergency Operations Centre and other leaders within the National Referral Hospital under the leadership of the Hon. Dickson Mua, MP.
“To you all, let me say this, you are our first and last line of defence. My deepest respect to you”, he said.
“You have been working very hard since day one, with the support of our development partners to prepare for and respond to this unprecedented public health crisis which has impacted across the world,” he said.
Prime Minister Sogavare further expressed his “full confidence” to the Minister of Health and Medical Services, Hon. Dickson Mua and the Permanent Secretary for Health, Mrs Pauline McNeil and her Senior Executive, the National Health Emergency Operational Centre, Senior Doctors, Nurses and all the staff and officers of the Ministry of Health and the National Referral Hospital who are managing the government’s response to this evolving public health emergency.