Over 200 suspected dengue fever cases reported in Vanuatu

Relief Web reports that between the 8th and 16th of April, 42 suspected dengue cases were reported in the capital Port Vila and Luganville.

The surge in suspected cases has been linked in part to travel between various Pacific Islands territories.

One of the Vila reports was an imported case from a traveller coming from Solomon Islands in January.

Another confirmed case detected in Luganville has travel history to New Caledonia.

The DENV-2 serotype of dengue has been circulating in Vanuatu for the last 2 years.



Several deaths from flu in Vanuatu

Medical Superintendent, Dr Tony Harry, told the Vanuatu Daily Post the exact number of deaths cannot be confirmed as some of the dead had underlying illnesses as well as the flu virus.

He said Vila Central Hospital has been busy round the clock receiving flu patients of all ages, though most are babies.

Dr Harry said those with flu symptoms such as fever, sore throats and headaches were advised to rest and drink plenty of fluids.

New equipment to boost Vanuatu Health Ministry's malaria data collection capacity

The Ensure 81% Coverage of Long-Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets Programme, which is funded by UNDP-Global Fund Western Pacific HIV, TB and Malaria Programmes donated the resources.

The donation is part of ongoing support to the National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme to strengthen surveillance and effectively control malaria in four provinces and strive for elimination in two provinces.

A total of 36 national and provincial staff received the resources for data entry of line lists of malaria cases in the tracker module at health facilities.

Port Vila's Bauerfield airport upgrade nearly done

In an update on the World Bank funded project it has been revealed that most of the asphalt pavement upgrade has been completed.

Drainage and lighting is to be done over the next two months.

The Vanuatu Aviation Investment Project is led by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation.

The poor state of Bauerfield's runway came to a head in early 2016 when several major international airlines including Air New Zealand and Qantas cancelled flights to Vila, citing safety concerns.

The repairs began 18 months ago.


Vanuatu’s Ambrym volcano alert remains at level 2

The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level2.

VMGD confirmed that new scientific analysis suggests that the volcano activity is likely to continue at this level.

The Danger Zones at the caldera remain at 1 km around Benbow and 2 km around the Marum crater.

VMGD says open cracks in the South-East Ambrym area during the December eruption 2018 may continue to open due to erosion.

Major seismicity could continue to affect these cracks and weak layers or areas around the active craters.

Bangladesh trafficking victims in Vanuatu plead with officials

A group of 101 migrants who are under Vanuatu police protection in the capital Port Vila are hoping for third country resettlement.

A spokesperson for the men, Shahin Khan, said they met with a representative from Bangladesh's High Commission in Australia on Monday.

He said almost all the migrants - some of whom fear they will be killed by loan sharks in Bangladesh - told the official they don't want to return home.

Cricket Without Borders team promotes sport in Vanuatu

The team also played a friendly match against the Vanuatu national women’s cricket team.

During the weeklong tour, the visitors held training sessions and participated in school competitions.

“It’s not all about cricket, the Cricket Without Borders delegation also visited schools, children with disabilities and communities and provided much needed sporting equipment,” a statement said.

Vanuatu rogue agents threatened with jail

The warning has been issued by the Commissioner of Labour Murielle Meltenoven who said unauthorised organisations purporting to handle job applications could be fined more than $US40,000.

She said such fake agents make attractive promises and enticed potential applicants to pay them cash in order to handle all their travels to either New Zealand or Australia.

Ms Meltenoven has appealed to chiefs across the country to report to her office any individual or organisations that falsely operates as labour agents.

She said a fake agent could be fined up to $US17,000.

Chinese company to build new Vanuatu finance ministry

The Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company will build the ministry on the site of the The Condominium Building which will be demolished.

From 1906 to 1979, the building complex had been used by colonial powers to house the Joint British and French Salary Departments of the Joint Colonial Administration of the 83 islands of the New Hebrides.

Vanuatu police commissioner fired

Albert Nalpini was suspended a year ago, although the reason why has never been disclosed.

It has been reported that it had to do with administrative problems in the police.

The acting commissioner is Robson Iavro, who was the commander of the mobile force.