Professional development training for DARD Extension and Technical Officers

The main objective of the Professional Development training is to provide targeted skills development training to address skills gaps and needs identified by DARD Officers.

Over 50 officers throughout the country including Provincial Agriculture Officers (PAO), Assistant Agriculture Officers (AAO) and Technical Officers learned a lot of important information to equip them do their work better.

This is the first time an integrated program to meet the training needs of extension officers has been delivered in partnership with the VSP.

Vanuatu child murderer jailed for life

A packed court room in Port Vila erupted in joy when Bob Robert was sentenced by Justice Gustaaf Andree Wiltins.

The Daily Post newspaper reported the rapist and murderer was on parole when he committed the offence.

The court heard that under the influence of alcohol and kava, Robert unsuccessfully tried to enter two houses on the day of the murder in 2018.

He took the victim from a third house and abused then murdered the child in a secluded area about three kilometres from her home.

The body was discovered the next morning by family members.


Drug shortage in Vanuatu

Patients have been affected by shortages of various drugs, particularly the antibiotic amoxycillin, which has caused treatments to be delayed.

The director general of health, George Taleo, said the shortage was partly down to procurement delays because members of the Central Tenders Board, which approves medicines, were on leave.

Mr Taleo told the Daily Post that an urgent order of medicines and supplies was due to arrive next week.

That order is expected to last until the next bulk supply arrives in June.


Torres islands northern zone area council profiled

In a Profiling exercise that took well over a week into four islands in the Torres group from March to April, a team comprising of 4 members conducted the Area Council Profiling exercise.

Two Para Athletes from TAFEA province to ARAFURA Games

David Niare and Mathias Nakat have been selected as top 2 from other Para athletes to join with other para athletes in Port Vila to travelled to Australia for the games.

David will be competing in the Throwing Event- Shotput and Javeline while Mathias will compete un the 100M and 200M running event.

The two participants have confirmed that this will be there first time to participate in such game and a first time to experience travelling overseas.

"We are hoping for the best results", they said.

New 10,000L Water Tank for Tassiriki Primary School

 This is a dream come true for the students to have access to clean water.

 Mr. Daniel Redley, a Teacher at the Tassiriki Primary School gladly offered his boat to help transport the brand new 10,000 liter water tank plus 12 bags of cement, which was used to build the foundation for the tank.

The water tank was funded by the New Zealand High Commission in Vanuatu.

Moso Island is an island off the northwest coast of Efate and there are no rivers or lakes, and rain water collected into tanks like this is the primary source of drinking water.

Diphtheria detected in Vanuatu

The ministry said there had been an increase in vaccine preventable diseases this year.

Recent testing done in New Caledonia revealed two children, aged 11 and 13, had diphtheria, which can be fatal if not treated, it said.

Diphtheria is easily spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing and close physical contact.

Once identified the disease can be treated with antibiotics.


Free testing for Type 2 diabetes

Rotary Club Vanuatu stated that the program will start tomorrow Tuesday 16 April 2019 in Port Vila.

“We will be establishing four sites around central Port Vila to enable the FREE testing to take place”

It is hope that 5,000 free tests will be conducted in Port Vila during this time with follow up consultation ad advice offered to those who have poor test result.

Rotary Vanuatu confirmed that the FREE testing program has been made possible from funds earned be selling tickets during the 2017 Pacific Mini Games at Korman sport complex in Port Vila.

New flights likely between Vanuatu and New Caledonia

The deal was signed by Vanuatu's prime minister Charlot Salwai and New Caledonia's president Philippe Germain in Port Vila on Friday.

Air Vanuatu's chief executive Derek Nice said it would allow the airline to increase flights and the size of aircraft used.

The airline's New Caledonia passenger traffic has overtaken New Zealand for second place behind Australia.

Mr Nice said it was set to grow further with new routes beyond the existing Port Vila-Noumea flights.

Bangladesh pledges to bring trafficking victims home from Vanuatu

The migrants, who include two minors, have been stuck in the remote Pacific island nation since November when four people were arrested on charges of trafficking them, and are living off handouts and rations.

Details of their plight emerged last month and the government has asked its nearest high commission in Australia to verify that they are Bangladeshi.

"They will send a team to Vanuatu and begin the national verification soon," home ministry official Abu Bakar Siddique told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, saying it was a first step towards bringing them home.