Australian medical supplies have arrived in the Solomon Islands as the country battles escalating coronavirus cases.
The first of two flights touched down in the country’s capital, Honiara, on Saturday, carrying 100 oxygen concentrators, medical supplies and personal protective equipment.
The flights will also deliver six tonnes of UNICEF emergency water, and sanitation and dignity kits.
It comes months after Australia agreed to deploy forces to engage in peacekeeping at the request of the Solomon Islands government after unrest broke out in the country.
The country imposed a 60-hour lockdown in Honiara from 6pm on January 19 when reported cases in the Solomon Islands rose to 32.
Foreign affairs minister Marise Payne said Australia was committed to supporting the Solomon Islands as its health system faced significant pressure.
“Australia and Solomon Islands know the importance of partnership,” Payne said. Responding to this current COVID-19 outbreak together is no exception.”
The support follows the government delivering more than 260,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses since the beginning of the pandemic.
Zed Seselja, minister for international development and the Pacific, said the support came at a difficult time for the Solomon Islands.
“We’re partnering closely with the Solomon Islands Government to identify any additional support required” Seselja said.