Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 30 April 2015

An important news item yesterday from VBTC: it seems the Labour Department has had progress in discussing the possibility of increasing the skilled labour force in Australia seasonally. Vanuatu had achieved its limit at the end of last year, but consideration has been requested in the the light of the burdensome costs associated with cyclone Pam.

The Bouffa landfill space was yesterday reported to be running near capacity. However, Daily Post was able to indicate a strong presence of the JICA experts under their J-PRISM environmental project to assist the Port Vila Municipality.

Young women are again encouraged to take the HPV vaccine after a delivery problem associated with Health Ministry restructuring. Professor Ian Frazer’s family foundation is assisting young Vanuatu women between 9 and 15 years to take the vaccine and greatly reduce cervical cancer and mouth and throat cancers. Clinics can advise.

The Auditor General John Path has pointed out to government the fact of his department being under-resourced. His office has done splendid and respected work recently and it is to be hoped he can be granted the extra staff needed. His request to have the department made an office of state surely merits serious consideration. Read more in today’s Daily Post.