Solomon Islands has received the first batch in a series of medical supplies from abroad to help it prepare for a Covid-19 outbreak.
The personal protective equipment and other medical supplies were financed by the Asian Development Bank and procured by the United Nations Children’s Fund.
The supplies, including masks, thermometers, face-shields, gowns and testing kits will help frontline medical workers respond to a potential outbreak of the virus.
The remaining batches of supplies will arrive in staggered shipments.
They’ll be paid for by a $US7.9 million grant from the bank to 13 countries in the Pacific, for pandemic response efforts.
To date, Solomon Islands has had no confirmed cases of Covid-19.