Repatriates to Vanuatu pay for quarantine costs since September

The Director of Public Health and COVID-19 Spokesperson, Len Tarivonda said since the beginning of the pandemic, the government has generously paid for all quarantine fees for the year 2020 and most of 2021 as well. These included the quarantine costs of seasonal workers.

Vanuatu PM hands over credentials to two Aniwa Fisheries Officers

Prime Minister, Bob Loughman handed over credentials to Frank Seirongi and Sura Mabarao at the Aniwa Area Council headquarters.

The presentation took place when Loughman visited Aniwa aboard RVS Takuare Thursday.

Loughman congratulated the officers and reminded the communities to respect the two officers as they carry out their duties around the island.

“Bear in mind, just recently on Malekula, Police detained some individuals who were trying to fool around with the laws and regulation of this country,” he said.

Anti-domestic violence workshop organised in Vanuatu

Vanuatu Women Centre coordinator, Tatavola Matas, said her organization deals with survivors of domestic violence and violence against women which is a growing problem in Vanuatu.

Tatavola Matas said chiefs are very respected people in the communities and Vanuatu Women Centre recognises the opportunity to work in collaboration with the chiefs to address domestic violence in the community.

Matas said the workshop is an opportunity where women and chiefs can share information and come up with some ways forward to address violence against women in Port Vila town.

Over 96,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Vanuatu

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that 46% of the 142, 812 eligible population in high priority areas have received their first doses.

The eligible population is all persons 18 years and over.

The MOH conveyed that 39% of over 160,000 eligible population in all areas have received a COVID-19 dose so far.

Vaccination is initially being administered at the main centres of Efate, Santo, Tanna and Malekula.

The vaccination campaign will then be rolled out in the rural areas.


Vanuatu launches renewed Non-Communicable Disease and Mental Health Policies

Public Health Director, Len Tarivonda said, “The Mental Health Policy and Strategy 2021-2030 is a guide to ensure provision of mental health and wellbeing as an essential component of health scare and services is achieved for all people in Vanuatu.”

“We must not forget that 74% of deaths in Vanuatu is due to NCD,” he stressed. He said,” Vanuatu is committed to reducing NCD related deaths.”

Race against time to vaccinate Vanuatu's population before borders open up

Vanuatu is locked down from international travellers but already P&O Cruises is accepting reservations for a May visit to Mystery Island in the country's south.

ABC Radio Australia reports the Director of Public Health Len Tarivonda is doubtful borders will even re-open by then.

He said people in the community on nearby Aneityum Island would first have to be vaccinated before cruise ships can visit.

Church leader calls on community to help stranded nurses in Vanuatu

Elder Lawrence Dick said the Solomon Islands nurses, whose contracts ended recently, cannot return to their country yet due to Covid-19.

He made the appeal for help after members of his church visited the group taking food and other basic supplies.

"They left their homes to come and serve the people of Vanuatu at the time when Vanuatu need nurses," Elder Lawrence said.

He said during their visit he met with one nurse who served in the Banks islands of Ureparapara, one of the country's most remote islands in the north.

Vanuatu and Philippines mark 35 years of diplomatic relations

The Vanuatu Government, through the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marc Ati, and the Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister of Internal Affairs, Ishmael Kalsakau, sent congratulatory messages to all the people from the two countries, to mark the event.

Minister Ati conveyed willingness to strengthen the two countries' relations and continue collaboration in multilateral forums on points of mutual interests such as health, agriculture, trade and capacity building. 

World Food Day celebrated in Vila East School

Students displayed their local food preparations from the respective stations inside the school compound.

Vila East School Agriculture teacher, Thomas Kaltapau, said the students will simply exposed to life skills that are commonly practised within households.

The event enabled the students to demonstrate planting of local crops, traditional peeling and grating of root crops and coconuts, simboro preparation and traditional method of starting a fire.

Vanuatu on La Nina watch, wetter than normal weather expected

The country could experience wetter than normal periods for the upcoming wet season if the ENSO status continues to develop toward La Nina.

According to the department, the country experienced below normal to above normal rainfall during August and should expect above normal rainfall for the next three months (October, November, December 2021).