15 MARCH 2020.
Vanuatu Situation Report

OL HAELAET
 
  • Long 6 Maj 2021, Ministri blong helt I stap konfem se I kat 2 keis blong COVID-19 hemi bin ditekt long wan kwarentin fasiliti. Hemia i mekem totol namba blong ol keis long Vanuatu taem we pandemik ia i stat hemi ko long tri keis.
     
  • Tufala COVID-19 keis ia oli transferem tufala aot long kwarentin i ko long VCH aesolesen wod mo bae oli stap long aesolesen kasem taem helt nomo bae rilisim tufala.
     
  • Nokat wan long ol pasenja long semak flaet oli kat ol simptoms mo testing blong olgeta blong dei 5 mo 11 i kam bak negatif. Evriwan oli stap long kwarentin mo bae oli rilis long dei 14 wetem wan medikol kliarens.
     
  • 38 pipol we oli sapotem kwarentin operesen (aeapot, kwarentin, helt sevelens mo laboretri staf) oli tekem test olsem wan sef mesa. Evri resal i kam bak negatif.
     
  • Folem COVID-19 Helt Sekta Pripeanes mo Riskpns PLan, Vanuatu i stap naoia long Senario 2A. Hemi wan boda keis nomo.
     
  • Evriwan i mas stop blong spredem misinfomesen o ol ruma. karem mao infomesen mo apdeit long http://www.covid19.gov.vu

Moa infomesen:
 

DETECTION OF FIRST CASE
 

TWO ACTIVE CASES
 
On 06 March 2021, two (2) active cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Vanuatu. One was a 46 year old female and the other was a 50 year old male. Both individuals had arrived to Port Vila on the same flight from Port Moresby on 27 February 2021. Both cases were asymptomatic on arrival and were detected during routine testing of travellers in quarantine on day 5, with confirmatory testing conducted on day 6. Both cases were housed in single rooms in the quarantine facility when detected. The name and details of the persons should remain confidential. Both have since been transferred to the isolation ward at Vila Central Hospital. Both cases have since developed mild symptoms of COVID-19. They will remain in isolation until provided with health clearance by a Medical Officer
 
 
PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE ACTIONS
 
In accordance with the COVID-19 Health Sector Preparedness and Response Plan (version 5) (available at www.covid19.gov.vu/index.php/know-do/vangov-plan), Vanuatu is now in Scenario 2A (one or more cases detected in quarantine). A case detected in quarantine is considered a border case and not an outbreak. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases detected in Vanuatu since the beginning of the global pandemic to three (3).
 

RESPONSE

The Ministry of Health informed the Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office of the two confirmed cases on 06 March 2021. The following actions have been undertaken by the Ministry of Health:
 
  1. Preparation of Vila Central Hospital (VCH) isolation ward and staffing.
     
  2. Transfer of the cases from quarantine to VCH following all established protocols (including proper infection prevention and control procedures).
     
  3. Contact tracing, quarantine and testing of close contacts.
     
  4. Testing of border and quarantine staff who are considered casual contacts.
     
  5. Increased risk communication about the situation, and transmission and prevention measures.
     
  6. Increased community engagement for preparedness and response activities.
     
  7. Informed relevant PNG authorities of imported cases under the International Health Regulations (2015). 
     
RISK ASSESSMENT AND CONTACT TRACING FOR THE COVID-19 CASES
 
  • Risk assessment and contact tracing commenced on Sunday 7 March 2021 immediately following confirmation of the two active COVID-19 cases.
     
  • The cases were interviewed to identify people they may have been in close contact with in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea whilst infectious.  Close contacts in PNG have been informed and no close contacts have been identified in Vanuatu (excluding other plane passengers who are currently in quarantine as per standard protocols).
     
  • None of the other passengers on the same flight have developed symptoms and their standard day 5 and day 11 tests were negative. All currently remain in quarantine pending medical clearance and release after day 14 in line with standard procedures. 
     
  • As a precautionary measure, investigations in Vanuatu included workers involved in the arrival and quarantine process (including airline, airport, transport, customs, immigration, biosecurity, hotel, health and laboratory staff) so as to identify those who were at occupational risk. 33 persons were identified with possible occupational exposure at the airport (n=18), quarantine facility (n=12), VCH National Reference Laboratory (n=3) and during health monitoring and swabbing (n=5).
     
  • All persons interviewed indicated that correct personal protective equipment was worn and none reported close contact with any travellers.
     
  • All 38 persons were swabbing and tested by RT-PCR. Results from all samples were negative for SARS-CoV-2.


 

 
^ A person who may have occupational exposure is any worker involved in the arrival and quarantine process (including airline, airport, customs, immigration, biosecurity, health, transport and hotel staff) who worked on the day of flight arrival and who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 either through direct physical contact or within close physical proximity to any passenger. 
ARRIVAL, QUARANTINE AND ROUTINE HEALTH MONITORING AND TESTING
 
  • In accordance with the Public Health Act (Cap. 234), international arrivals (returning citizens and residents) are placed in mandatory quarantine for 14 days in hotels and provided with food, daily health checks, testing for SARS-CoV-2 at days 5 and 11 (and day 1 for those from higher-risk areas), and psychosocial assessments and support.
     
  • Phase 3 of repatriations commenced on 14 January 2021. As of 7 March 2021, 552 passengers have arrived and have been placed in quarantine in Port Vila until completion of the quarantine duration; 121 are currently in quarantine.
     
  • Daily health monitoring is undertaken for everyone in quarantine. 5 persons have reported symptoms of COVID-19. All have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2.
     
  • As of 7 March 2021, a total of 3,936 tests for SARS-CoV-2 had been conducted in Vanuatu. Since the first case on 10 November 2020, an additional 2 persons have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 with both confirmed positive on 6 March 2021.
HOSPITAL READINESS
 
  • A COVID-19 Preparedness, Readiness and Response Plan has been developed for Vila Central Hospital, with activities and assessments ongoing. Significant progress has been made in all areas (see below).
For patients confirmed with COVID-19, currently there are 16 beds in the Isolation Ward, 24 beds in the General Ward, 5 beds in the Intensive Care Unit (with additional for neonates), and 4 assigned delivery beds. Additional bed capacity is currently being identified.
FURTHER INFORMATION
 
People are urged not to spread misinformation/rumours. Further information is available on the Ministry of Health website at www.covid19.gov.vu and the free landing page at https://bit.ly/vanmoh or by calling the Health Information Hotline on 119.
Spos yu kat fiva, kof mo no save pulum gud win, ko long wan helt senta klosap long yu. 
 
No tajem mo no go klosup long nara man. 

 

5 Samting blong Save
1. Wanem ia COVID-19?
COVID-19 hemi sot nem blong Coronavirus we hemi niu mo oli no bin faenem aot bifo long human. Coronavirus hemi kam aot long wan laj o bikfala famili blong ol vaeras we oli faenem long ol animol mo long ol human.

2. Wanem nao ol simptom blong COVID-19?

Long fulap kes, COVID-19 hemi kosem ol smol simtoms olsem nus I ron, trot I soa, kof mo fiva. Sik i save kam mo strong long sam man mo save mekem oli kasem pneumonia o problem blong no save pulum gud win. Long sam kes, infeksen I save mekem man I ded.

3. Olsem wanen nao COVID-19 hemi spred?

COVID-19 hemi spred isi nomo tru long ol klosap kontak wetem wan peson we hemi kasem vaeras ia. Taem we wan man we I kasem COVID-19 hemi kof o snis, ol smol droplet oli rilis mo spos yu stap klosap tumas, bae yu kasem vaeras ia I ko insaed long lang blong yu taem we  yu pulum win. 

4. Hu nao I stap long risk?

Yumi nid blong lanem moa long hao nao COVID-19 hemi afektem ol pipol. Ol olfala mo ol man we oli kat ol narafala sik olsem sik suka, sik blong hat, oli save stap long risk blong sik bigwan moa.

5. Wanem nao tritmen blong COVID-19?

Naoia I no kat meresin blong COVID-19. Be fulap simtoms oli save tritim.

5 Samting blong Makem 

1. Wasem han blong yu oltaem

Wasem ol han blong yu wetem sop mo wota o spos ol han blong yu oli no toti tumas , rabem han blong yu wetem wan prodak we I kat alkol long hem. Hemia bae I tekem aot vaeras we spos I stap long ol han blong yu
 

2. Kaveremap maot mo nus blong yu long elbo blong yu we yu benem o usum wan tisu taem yu kof  mo sniz

Sakem aot tisu we yu usum stret taem mo wasem han blong yu wetem sop mo wota o rabem han blong yu long wan prodak we I kat alkol long hem. Long fasin ia yu protektem ol narafala wan long eni vaeras we I kamaot taem we yu kof mo sniz
 

3. Spos hemi posibol, stap 1 mita longwe long narafala man we I kof, snis o I kasem fiva.

COVID-19 hemi save spred isi taem we yu stanap kolosap long wan man we hemi kasem vaeres ia vinis.
 

4. No tajem ae, nus mo maot.

Ol han oli save tajem ol ples we I kat vaeres ia long hem. Sapos yu tajem ae, nus o maot wetem han we hemi toti, yu save pasem vaeres ia we I stap long ples we yu tajem I ko long yu wan.
 

5. Spos yu kat fiva, kof mo no save pulum gud win, ko long wan medikol senta. 

Folem ol instraksen blong dokta o nes oltaem mo ol ofisel helt infomesen we hemi stap ko long pablik.

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