The Vanuatu Ministry of Health have undertaken a process to review locally-produced equipment and supplies that may be used for protection of members of the public from COVID-19.
Disclaimer: The listing of products and manufacturers on this page does not represent endorsement, promotion or otherwise by the Vanuatu Ministry of Health.
Ministry of Health recommends washing hands with soap and water frequently. If your hands are not dirty and you cannot access soap and water for hand washing, hand sanitizer can be used as an alternative. Hand sanitizer should contain a minimum of 70% alcohol to effectively kill viruses and germs.
As of 02 November 2020, the following local manufacturers had submitted hand sanitizer samples to the Ministry of Health which were shown in tests to exhibit antimicrobial activity:
The Summit Alcohol-based Rub and Sanitizer, Tanna Coffee
The Summit A, B, C, D, E, F
Hand Sanitizer 0.1% surfactant kills
Numerous other manufacturers submitted samples of products in earlier rounds of testing but did not provide follow-up samples after recommendations were provided for quality improvement.
Fabric Face Masks
Currently, fabric face masks are recommended for use in public settings only in areas with clusters or sporadic COVID-19 cases (Scenario 2B) or when there are cases in the community (Scenario 3). Their use should be accompanied by hand hygiene, physical distancing and other measures. The Ministry of Health will make a formal announcement regarding use of fabric face masks if they are recommended.
It is important that fabric face masks are produced to technical specifications (minimum quality standards) and that people understand how to wear them correctly.
As of 02 November 2020, the following local manufacturers had submitted fabric face mask products to the Ministry of Health for review which were found to meet minimum quality standards as set out elsewhere:
Mia Bridal and Fashion
JR's Tailoring Shop
Ministry of Health Guide on how to wear a Fabric Facemask: