Vanuatu

Solomons nurses returning from Vanuatu stopped

The 19 nurses were due to fly out of Port Vila on Wednesday on an Air Vanuatu charter flight but were told they couldn't board the plane.

One of them, Dudley Toata, said they were told they could not return if they were not fully vaccinated against covid-19.

However, he says they weren't told this before they went to the airport.

Due to two detected positive covid cases in Port Vila among passengers from New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands government has declared that everyone coming into the country must be fully vaccinated.

Vanuatu Beach Volleyball names extended squad for 2022 Pacific Mini Games

The Vanuatu Association of Sports and National Olympic will screen the list and hand it over to Vanuatu beach volleyball trainers and coaches.

VBV will take a senior male and female teams to Northern Marianas.

VBC Tevent Manager Isaac Mael said, “During the Tafea day and the Torba day we had organized two tournaments and we identified some male players and they are continuing their trainings back to their respective islands. We will organize a tournament in which they all will be participating and we will select the short list.”

Vanuatu Public Service relaxes compulsory vaccination requirement

Prime Minister Bob Loughman has confirmed that there is no indication of community transmission as a result of the 18 passengers who arrived in Port Vila from New Caledonia.

Following this the Acting Secretary General of the Public Service Commission, Jane Bani says the requirement has been lifted.

     

Vanuatu administers over 114,000 Covid-19 doses since roll-out

According to the Ministry of Health, 48% of the 169, 185 eligible population in all areas have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Vaccination is being administered in the main centers of SHEFA, SANMA, TAFEA, MALAMPA and PENAMA Provinces.

The vaccination rollout launch for TORBA Province is scheduled for Tuesday.

Over 72,000 people have received at least one dose of AstraZeneca or Sinopharm and over 32,000 have received two doses of either Sinopharm or AstraZeneca and are considered fully vaccinated.

Vanuatu govt introduces new kava tax

The association said there was no consultation from the government on the 2 percent tax on kava exports it is planning to apply.

It has written to the Finance Minister, Johnny Koanapo, pointing out that kava has become a huge game changer in recent years for farmers and their families.

It said this improvement in quality and quantity is down to a major replanting programme six years and now the country is reaping the benefits.

The association said this has been achieved with little help from the government.

Over 600 Vanuatu nationals stuck in NZ awaiting repatriation

There are three scheduled repatriation flights before flights are suspended over the Christmas period.

The Vanuatu High Commission in New Zealand said it is working with authorities in Port Vila to secure extra flights to accommodate its nationals stranded in New Zealand, especially seasonal workers.

Repatriation flights from Auckland to Port Vila in August and September have been affected due to the suspension of flights. Flights resumed last month with two flights per month. 

New Zealand donates medical supplies to Vila Central Hospital

The supplies and equipment were provided by the New Zealand Medical Treatment Scheme (NZMTS) and the ‘Take My Hands’ organization in New Zealand.

The supplies include gowns and scrubs, blankets, Cardiac Monitors, PPE and other equipment requested by VCH.

The New Zealand Medical Treatment Scheme (NZMTS) aims to assist Pacific island countries to provide their citizens with access to specialized medical treatment. The NZMTS comprises two components: the Overseas Referral Scheme; and the Visiting Medical Specialists.

Vanuatu ranked 2nd in World’s Happy Plant Index

According to the Index released last month, Vanuatu is behind Costa Rica.

According to the Vanuatu National Statistics Office, this is the third time that the country is ranked in the top 5 countries in the world since the index was first reported in 2006, thanks to the VNSO’s well-being indicators initiative.

Nineteen frontline Ni-Vanuatu workers now in quarantine after positive Covid-19 cases on Noumea flight

The Immigration and Customs workers join staff from Air Vanuatu who are now in quarantine with the 18 people who arrived from Noumea.

Prime Minister Bob Loughman said the government is still not able to say whether or not the two cases had the delta variant.

Meanwhile the Vanuatu government has stopped the popular annual music event, Fest Napuan, because of Covid-19.

     

Vanuatu govt says all its workers must be vaccinated

Vanuatu's Public Service Commission said any civil servants who aren't vaccinated or who have only had their first dose, are to stay away from work.

There is no legislation in place to allow such a sanction on workers, but Commission Chair, Simil Johnson, said the Public Service Commission is responsible for ensuring everyone is protected from the covid virus.

The Commission has given two weeks for about 3000 employees of the Public Service Commission to be vaccinated.