Australia has sent a medical assistance team to the Solomon Islands to help local health workers fight a growing outbreak of COVID-19.
In response to a request from the Solomon Islands government, an eight-person Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) was deployed on a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A aircraft on Saturday.
The plane was also carrying 37,800 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines for the islands.
“The multidisciplinary team includes specialists in emergency medicine, infectious disease control, logistics and occupational therapy,” a joint statement from Foreign Secretary Marise Payne, Minister of Defense Peter Dutton and Pacific Minister Zed Seselja.
The team will assist local health authorities with mentorship and advice on clinical management of COVID-19 cases, distribution of essential medical supplies, and infection prevention and control.
The AUSMAT deployment comes on top of Australia’s contribution of 300,800 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and 19 tonnes of emergency medical supplies, including 100 oxygen concentrators and 11 national COVID-19 kits containing PPE and medical supplies which have been delivered by the RAAF since 23 January.
Australian Associated Press