SHEFA Emergency Operations Centre Activated

The SHEFA Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been activated to better manage and coordinate emergency response on Efate and its offshore islands, following the confirmation of the first confirmed coronavirus case in Vanuatu.

The Health Sector COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan outlining how to react to immediate and worst-case scenarios has been adopted by the EOC and community awareness on preparedness will be rolled out, said SHEFA Public Health Manager, Obed Manwo.

“Key messages from the Health Risk Communication Team will be shared to communities,” he said.

He said key messages will be taken from the Risk Communication Team to avoid misinformation.

He said through the awareness, they will clearly explain what repatriation and quarantine is including stigma and discrimination.

He said the SHEFA EOC is discussing internal measures to be applied on Efate and offshore islands based on each scenario under the national COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan.

SHEFA EOC is headed by the Secretary General (SG) of the SHEFA Provincial Government Council (SPGC) as the controller.

Apart from the SHEFA EOC, the TAFEA EOC has also been activated to respond to a recent potential COVID-19 risk on the island of Tanna which resulted in several locals being quarantined.

The lifting of the travel restrictions over Efate and its offshore island were announced the Prime Minister yesterday.

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