Jack Niedenthal

Uptick in dengue cases

Uptick in dengue cases

GIFF JOHNSON An emergency medical situation the first week of September involving a patient from Mili Atoll with dengue fever has increased concern at the Ministry of Health and Human Services about a possible resurgence of the illness on the outer islands — in line with an uptick of cases in Majuro in recent weeks. […]

Perfect storm hits US Marshallese

Perfect storm hits US Marshallese

GIFF JOHNSON The coronavirus has turned into the perfect storm for thousands of Marshall Islanders living in the United States. Since March, Marshallese have experienced extraordinary Covid-19 infection and death rates in many American states. “The most vulnerable people in the United States in almost every state where there are large numbers of Pacific islanders, […]

RMI extends travel ban

RMI extends travel ban

The RMI National Disaster Committee extended the Covid-19 border closure for another month with the issuance of a new Travel Advisory late last week. Chief Secretary Kino Kabua issued Travel Advisory 14 June 4, extending the ban on incoming travelers to July 5. It also continues the ban on travel between Majuro and Kwajalein on […]

Illness levels decline in RMI

Illness levels decline in RMI

A rather dramatic announcement arrived in this week’s Pacific Syndromic Surveillance System Weekly Bulletin put out by the World Health Organization. It reported a “seven-fold decrease” in flu-like illness in the RMI this past week.The “seven-fold decrease” turned out to be the previous week’s seven reported flu-like illnesses becoming just one flu-like case this past […]

RMI gets Covid-19 test gear

RMI gets Covid-19 test gear

Four Abbott ID Now Testing machines along with coronavirus test supplies arrived Majuro this week on an Asia Pacific Airlines cargo flight. This represents the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus last December that the Ministry of Health and Human Services has on-island Covid-19 testing capability. The four machines, two each for Majuro […]

Ventilators arrive, more Covid-19 supplies on the way

Ventilators arrive, more Covid-19 supplies on the way

Ten new ventilators for Majuro and Ebeye hospitals arrived earlier this week, and a big load of Covid-19 health supplies are expected to be delivered Thursday afternoon this week. These are part of the Ministry of Health and Human Services push over the past two months to obtain supplies and equipment needed for dealing with […]

FSM, RMI test suspected Covid-19 cases

FSM, RMI test suspected Covid-19 cases

GIFF JOHNSON   The Marshall Islands announced this week it had one “person under investigation” (PUI) for the coronavirus Covid-19, while two states in the Federated States of Micronesia announced they had three PUIs in isolation — all four were awaiting off-island laboratory testing to determine if they have the Covid-19 virus. The person in […]

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