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PM confirms over 200 Ni-Vanuatu stranded overseas

May 11, 2020

Prime Minister (PM), Bob Loughman, has confirmed that over 200 Ni-Vanuatu citizens are currently stranded overseas because of COVID-19 restrictions. Unless the necessary equipment and facilities are available locally, the government cannot repatriate them yet, he said. PM Loughman stated this when receiving COVID-19 related equipment recently from the Chinese Embassy in Port Vila. These equipment were flown in from China. The Minist ...

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International Border Restrictions Remain As SOE Extended

May 09, 2020

In its meeting this week to endorse the extension of the State of Emergency (SOE), the Council of Ministers (COM), agreed on other areas that needed to be addressed to facilitate services during the SOE. COM firstly approved for the State Law Office to prepare regulation order for the Minister responsible for the National Disaster Management, Bruno Leingkon, to allow international cargo to be brought into the country as well as allow dome ...

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New Fees for Civil Registry Documents

May 08, 2020

The Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister of Internal Affairs, Ishmael Kalsakau, has confirmed that the birth certificate fee at the Civil Status Office is now only Vt100 and no longer Vt1,800. It’s one of the first activities that he undertook after taking up office. DPM Kalsakau said passport fees will also be reviewed. advertisement The government must not charge the fees just for the sake of making money, he said. Mr Ka ...

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Local Shipping Agent for Filipino Amazon vessel fined Vt500,000

April 30, 2020

The local shipping agent for the Filipino Cargo Vessel Amazon has been fined Vt500,000 for breaching COVID-19 social measures. Director of the Department of Public Health and Media Focal Person for COVID-19, Len Tarivonda, said this fine issued under relevant laws relating to the current State of Emergency (SOE), is a warning to other foreign vessels and everyone else to respect COVID-19 measures in place. Meanwhile, it is unlikely tha ...

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Hardship loans to continue for cyclone-affected members

April 30, 2020

The Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF) has announced it will offer hardship loans to members affected by cyclone Harold to rebuild homes and livelihoods starting on Monday next week. The similar interest-free loan which was introduced for members impacted by COVID-19 will close this Friday. The total payout to members was Vt1.5 billion. VNPF Board initially approved Vt1 billion for the loan applications but a further Vt500million w ...

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Main referral hospitals must be equipped for COVID-19: Acting DG

April 20, 2020

The Vila Central Hospital (VCH) and the Northern Provincial Hospital (NPH) in Santo as the country’s main referral hospitals must be fully equipped with necessary equipment to handle COVID-19 cases if there is any detection. This statement was made by the Acting Director General (DG) of the Ministry of Health (MoH), Johnson Wabaiat, following the recent arrival of COVID-19 related medical supplies such as ventilators, testing kits and m ...

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CHINESE-DONATED COVID-19 MEDICAL EQUIPMENT INCLUDES 3 ICU VENTILATORS

April 16, 2020

Three ICU ventilators are part of the much-needed medical equipment donated by the Chinese Government to help with Vanuatu’s preparedness to deal with the COVID -19 pandemic. The items were delivered on a charter flight from China under strict observation of Vanuatu’s COVID-19 prevention measures last weekend. The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) has confirmed the items include: 300 Disposable protective clothing for medi ...

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MEDICAL SUPPLIES FROM CHINA REQUESTED BY VANUATU: PM

April 14, 2020

Caretaker Prime Minister Charlot Salwai has acknowledged China for responding positively to Vanuatu’s request to provide the necessary supplies and equipment, in order to support its health system in case there are confirmed cases of COVID-19. The medical equipment arrived in Port Vila on Saturday evening. The caretaker PM noted the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on economies, social and cultural structures and health systems globall ...

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New Zealand to provide assistance to Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Harold

April 09, 2020

New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced an initial package of support to help the people and the Government of Vanuatu respond to the impact of Tropical Cyclone Harold. “Our Pacific neighbours have been hit by a Category 5 Cyclone at the same time as dealing with the economic impacts of COVID-19. “Early reports show Tropical Cyclone Harold has caused major damage to homes, public buildings, infrastruct ...

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LUGANVILLE MAYOR PLEADS FOR URGENT HELP

April 08, 2020

The people in SANMA Province are in urgent assistance of food, shelter and water after category 5 cyclone Harold. Mayor of the Luganville Municipal Council (LMC), Peter Patty, conveyed this to the Daily Post via satellite phone yesterday. He said: “We are badly affected. advertisement “We urgently need water, food and shelter at the moment. “Many have lost their homes. Schools are destroyed. Electricity is down. “I’ ...

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