Palau finally gets coronavirus test kits


One thousand COVID-19 test kits and testing equipment have finally arrived in Palau this week and on-island testing will soon be available within 2 to 3 weeks after equipment installation and training of essential personnel.

The donations arrived on Wednesday, April 1st, according to the Palau Ministry of Health, which is also working closely with other partners to bring in additional COVID-19 testing supplies and rapid testing kits over the coming weeks.

The medical supplies and equipment were donated by the Taiwan Government and Shin Kong Hospital.

To prepare for COVID-19 testing, the Ministry collaborated with the Bureau of Public Works in modifying containers at the Belau National Hospital to serve as a COVID-19 testing facility.

Palau remains one of the few nations without a confirmed COVID-19 case and its government has outlined a strategy to shore up its defense against a potential outbreak. The strategy includes working with its regional partner, Taiwan, in bringing COVID-19 testing kits and medical supplies to the Pacific Island nation.