The Arou Aid post in the Kopiago district in Hela Province was reopened 15 years after it was closed down.
This was made possible through the efforts of a local woman leader, Julie Alo, and others who wished for the aid post operating again.
Julie Alo, member to the Advancing PNG women leaders network said she reopened the clinic because of preventable diseases taking live of people.
“Malaria, diarrhea and infant mortality rates have increased over the years. Someone has to do something somehow.” Said Mrs Alo.
Ms Alo funded the project from her own pocket, with aims to help her people.
The clinic is stationed in the center of Koroba station and Kopiago station and will be providing service to 4 wards out of the 6 wards.
Ms Alo says she has big plans for the aid post.
“I aim to get a bigger building by 2020 with a fully furnished equipment’s at least for a community health center standard.”
Ms Alo also funded a new staff house for the first health workers who will be working in Arou aid post.
Mean time president of APNG: WLN, Seini Fisi’ihoi said that this facility will empower and change lives of people in the LLG.
“The aid post will go a long way in supporting women and girls, men and boys. Such initiative are good for community building and deserves the protection and support of the people.” Said Ms Fisi’ihoi