Vanuatu’s Health Director General suspended

DG Tamata has confirmed his suspension but refused to comment.

The Vanuatu Daily Post reports Tamata is expected to respond to allegations as part of the disciplinary process.

The Director of the Corporate Services, Policy and Planning at the MOH, Dr Posikai Samuel Tapo, is now the Acting DG for Health.


Photo file The  Guardian  Caption: Russell Tamata Director General for Health 

Vanuatu PM urges social distancing, good hygiene practices due to Covid border cases

Loughman made the comment as he announced that the Ministry of Health through the Covid-19 Task force team in Port Vila detected two cases of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Sunday.

He said the two patients were part of 18 passengers flown into the country on Friday 22 October, from Noumea, New Caledonia.

“Health authorities discovered the two had the coronavirus while they were in the quarantine”.

2 Covid border cases in Vanuatu

The two cases are passengers who traveled to Vanuatu from Noumea, New Caledonia last Friday.

The travelers were part of 18 who had earlier tested negative for Covid and were cleared to travel to Vanuatu.

The Ministry of Health said none of them showed any signs or symptoms of Covid-19.

The ministry said urgent additional tests are being carried out on the remaining 16 passengers.

All of them are in a government-run facility where they are undertaking 14-days of mandatory quarantine.

Vanuatu to conduct Covid-19 Community Transmission Simulation Exercise

The exercise will run from Sunday 31 October – Monday, 1 November 2021.

The implementation of the containment measures as part of the simulation exercise are aimed at testing the Covid-19 preparedness efforts of individuals, communities, organizations and government institutions that provide frontline defense and response to this deadly disease.

No Vanuatu Government delegates traveling to COP26

The National Advisory Board (NAB) on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Acting manager, Florence Iautu said the board decided that delegates are to refrain from travelling abroad to attend the global climate summit.

The Government will be physically represented by its Ambassador in Geneva, Sumbe Antas and a representative from the Vanuatu Embassy in Brussels, Iautu said.

The Vanuatu Daily Post reports preparations are being done for Vanuatu to join discussions virtually.

This year’s COP, which will be held from November 1 to 12, will not be the same.

Protecting Vanuatu’s marine species

The Director General, Ministry of Climate Change, Meteorology and Geo-hazard, Environment, Energy and Disaster Management made the comment at the launch of a new initiative to protect the country’s  marine species.

Slight increase in seismic activity at Vanuatu’s Yasur volcano

Yasur volcano remains at level 2 despite a slight increase in seismic activity.

An increase in ash plume was observed at the volcano Saturday afternoon.

With the presence of ongoing volcanic gases and ashes around the crater rim, the danger zone remains at the Danger Zone B which is about 1 Km around the volcanic cone since Friday.

Areas and villages located close to the volcano and East to South East part of Tanna may continue to expect volcanic gases impact and ash falls following wind directions (currently West to North West wind Directions).

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.