Port Vila

Vanuatu children offered free international medical treatment

Six senior physicians from various top hospitals in Foshan City of China were in Vanuatu to offer treatment for children.

Parents were seen taking advantage of the opportunities as they brought in their children for medical check up.

The medical team was based at Waikara Dispensary at Freswota 1 area for treatment.

Samoan reggae artist releases latest single in Port Vila

While his name may not be familiar in some countries, the reggae artist is hitting the charts within the Oceania region with his remarkable musical talent through his reggae vibe sounds.

Born and raised in Fugalei, Samoa, Parker comes from a musical background. He is the nephew of musicians Dave and John Parker.

Parker started thirty years ago in Australia in a reggae band and then branched off into a solo career.

Vanuatu’s Port Vila municipality rolls out reserve parking in GKD

The town authorities have allocated reserve parking for the business houses that are along GKD as well as providing spaces for other vehicles.

They are charging drivers Vt100 an hour.

Port Vila City council does not need a by-law to enforce reserve parking in the City as Cap 126 that governs Municipalities around Vanuatu entrusts the respective Councils to make their reserve parking within their own jurisdiction.

Port Vila municipal council to boost relations with Luganville counterpart

“We will revisit the sister city relations we signed between our two cities in 2012 to encompass mutual agreements that will better the lives of the citizens of Port Vila and Luganville,” Mr Daniel said.

The Luganville Mayor was in Port Vila last week to “mend the chains” of communication and assistance with government agencies and aid donor countries based in Port Vila.

Custom landowners of Port Vila recognised

Vanuatu's Constitution says, "as of July 30 of 1980, all land is returned to the custom landowner".

However, since 1980, various governments had tried to compensate the surrounding communities of Port Vila for the land without identifying the genuine custom landowners.

Now under the new Land Act, the Village Land Tribunal has identified six custom landowners.

Vanuatu NGO helping youth marks 30 years

Wan Smolbag began in 1989 as an amateur theatre company with just over a dozen actors but it has now branched out into other areas of entertainment and has over 800 youths registered.

Tutor Alpha Solong said young people are developing strength and respect through Wan Smolbag's programmes, which include circus training, sports and recreation and music, alongside its theatre and film work.

Mr Solong said the company is also keeping youth out of trouble.

6 Chinese arrested in Port Vila

Confirmed reports from the Ministry of Internal Affairs said the raid was made during a normal joint Immigration Services and Police task force operation.

The 6 Chinese nationals are now in police custody waiting to be handed over to Chinese authorities

The suspects who have Vanuatu passports were reportedly identified by Chinese authorities of allegedly operating an illegal internet-based scam from Port Vila.

The arrest was made with the support of the new INTERPOL office in Vanuatu.

Crack down on health standards at Vanuatu kava bars

  The Port Vila Municipality recently passed a by-law aimed at ensuring kava bars were clean and healthy and that sellers always washed their hands with soap and water before handling kava.

The by-law also prevents people who sell kava from smoking and spitting close to where the product is sold.

Sellers must also wear an apron, a head cover and gloves.

If bar owners fail to comply with the standards then authorities can order the temporary closure of the kava bars.


Vanuatu Health Ministry declares flu outbreak

It has declared an outbreak of influenza in the Port Vila area.

In the past two weeks there has also been an increase in suspected influenza cases at the Northern Provincial Hospital in Luganville.

The ministry said it is closely monitoring the cases.

During this time the Ministry is strongly recommending that members of the public to take action to prevent getting infected and if individuals are experiencing flu-like symptoms, to visit their nearest health facility.

Seed policy consultation underway in Port Vila

The seed policy will help the Agriculture sector in Vanuatu to ensure that farmers have access to affordable quality seeds and planting materials of the most suitable crop varieties is essential for improving food security and nutrition as well as the livelihoods of farming communities.

 In many countries, there is a lack of adequate seed policies – i.e. principles that guide government action and define the roles of stakeholders.