Key Message from the RMI Office of the President

For Immediate Release

8 August 2022

 

Key Message from the Office of the President

 

“Iokwe and Greetings to All,

Firstly, I wish to thank our Heavenly Father for blessing us with our beautiful island home, the Marshall Islands, for life and for good health.

I take this opportunity to pay utmost respect to you my fellow Marshallese citizens here in the Marshall Islands and as well all of you abroad. At this time, I have the duty to inform the general public that as of earlier this evening at 6:00 pm, the Ministry of Health has confirmed six cases of Covid-19 diagnosed here in Majuro. All cases are from individuals within the community and thus represent community transmission.

These individuals presented with mild symptoms e.g. sore throat, runny nose, etc. to the out-patient department of the Majuro Hospital.

Furthermore, while all cases notified today have been localized to Majuro, the MOHHS, however, cannot rule out the possibility of transmission outside of Majuro.

The National Conditional Level Red has been activated. This denotes a condition of community transmission of Covid-19.

 

The public should rest assured that the Ministry of Health & Human Services (MOHHS) and the whole government under the umbrella of the National Disaster Committee has been planning for this situation for some time. The MOHHS has already initiated the re-orientation of health services on Majuro to respond to this epidemiological situation and the various clusters under the NDC have also been activated.

As a containment measure, all travel to the Neighboring islands has been temporarily suspended. All members of the community are encouraged not to panic. Individuals who have been vaccinated and boosted typically experience mild symptoms and have significant protection against severe disease and death. General measures the public needs to employ include;

 

  • Wearing face masks in public places both indoors and outdoors.
  • Practice good hand hygiene.
  • Avoid crowds and stay six feet away from others when in public.
  • Get vaccinated and boosted.
  • Access therapeutics (especially if advised by health professionals).

Alternative Care Sites will be established in the community around Majuro in the coming days. The sites will serve as community test and treat facilities, where individuals can access Covid-19 testing and treatment. Effective therapeutics are available and will be offered to individuals at a moderate to high risk of severe disease. Public cooperation is essential at this point in time.”