Port Vila, 10 July 2020: The Vanuatu Ministry of Health confirms that in support of NDMO and other Government agencies, Phase 1 of the Government’s repatriation plan has been successfully completed. 1,528 repatriates are now safely home with loved ones and Vanuatu remains COVID-19 free.
Port Vila, 29 May 2020 – Vanuatu’s Ministry of Health acknowledges support from its Pacific partners including the Government of Australia towards its preparedness and response actions to the concurrent emergencies facing the country, the COVID-19 pandemic as well as Tropical Cyclone Harold.
World No Tobacco Day is held each year on the 31 May to highlight the dangers posed by the use of tobacco products.
To mark the occasion this year, Wan Smol Bag Theatre and Rainbow Theatre have worked to produce a song and video advertisement to support Ministry of Health in making the public aware of the dangers of tobacco use and it’s link to a higher risk of a severe case of COVID-19.
Port Vila, 27 May 2020: The Vanuatu Ministry of Health confirms that they are working carefully with NDMO and other Government agencies to manage the safe repatriation of Ni-Vanuatu citizens and residents commencing this week.
Following NDMO's 'Instrument of Directions to Government Agencies relating to COVID-19 and Tropical Cyclone Harold (Amendment) Order No. 77 of 2020' dated 23 May under the Disaster Risk Management Act, people approved by NDMO to be repatriated or travel to Vanuatu will do so under strict conditions imposed by NDMO and the Ministry of Health.
At the end of the two week State of Emergency (that ended 9 April), Vanuatu is assured that it has no suspected and no confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19, a pandemic that has affected more than 200 countries in the world to date.
“I would like to reiterate that we currently have no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in Vanuatu,” said Russel Tamata, Medical Focal Point of COVID-19. “And with each day that passes, we can be more and more assured of no cases. If, by chance, there is a case we now have the systems in place to detected, test and isolate the case”.