‘Keep Children Healthy During the State of Public Emergency’

Minister for Women, Youth Children and Family Affairs, Honorable Freda Tuki.


HONORABLE Freda Tuki, Minister for Women Youth Children and Family Affairs urged women in the Solomon Islands to seriously consider the State of Public Emergency and COVID-19 pandemic preparations in the country.

In an interview, the Minister for Women Youth Children and Family Affairs (MWYCFA) said the Coronavirus is a killer, which all people especially the women of the country must consider even though we are still free from the Coronavirus.

“As a matter of national security, the public state of emergency in the country which started in March 2020 including the past two lockdowns which took place in the Honiara City is a good practice for all to consider as to how we will be able to protect ourselves and our children in the future from the Coronavirus.

“Keep children healthy and teach and reinforce everyday preventive actions by making handwashing a family activity.

“Parents and caretakers play an important role in teaching children to wash their hands. Explain that handwashing can keep them healthy and stop the virus from spreading to others. Be a good role model—if you wash your hands often, they’re more likely to do the same,” she advised.

Hon Tuki urged women to consider the current strict measures emphasized in the country due to this pandemic and also to work closely with responsible authorities in order to protect their children and family.

She urged women to stop complaining about what they have been facing through the past months during the course of the declared Public State of Emergency period and to think through it as a good exercise to get their families prepared.

“Even though Solomon Islands is still COVID-19 free, it is our time to prepare ourselves by considering all certain measures and preparedness activities carried out during the state of emergency period and put into practice,” Hon Tuki said.

She added that it is a good exercise and prepare our country for the worst to come and to ensure the future of our citizens are safe and healthy from the deadly pandemic.