Bougainville controller announces measures


COMPULSORY swab tests will be done on any patient who shows influenza-like illness (ILIs), suffers from simple cough, pneumonia or severe acute respiratory infections (Sari) when attended to at the regional health facilities at Buka, Arawa and Buin and referrals from district health facilities.
Bougainville Regional pandemic controller Clement Totavun, who is also Bougainville’s Health secretary, said all clinical medical officers within the Coronavirus (Covid-19) rapid response team must step up compulsory Covid-19 contact tracing.
All domestic flights into Buka or Aropa must comply with the following requirements:

  • GOOD hygiene and social distancing restrictions;
  • COMPLETE a domestic health declaration form and submit to the routine quarantine team on arrival in Buka or Aropa airports; and,
  • HAVE a valid reason for travel.

“All inbound passengers at both sea ports and airports must have a valid negative result for any Covid-19 test and present for check-in or routine quarantine checks in Buka or Arawa ports,” Totavun said.
As part of the Covid-19 public health measures, the following must be observed and adhered to by all persons at schools, churches, seaports, airports, business houses, workplaces, social clubs, restaurants, public parks and markets, towns, and other public gathering spaces.

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