Aussie boosts Health Care in Western Highlands & Jiwaka

Australia has increased access to health care inthe Western Highlands and Jiwaka provinces.

Friday July 06 markedthe official opening of new and refurbished rural health facilities in both provinces.

Australian High Commissioner tPNG Deborah Stokes, openedthe Mt Hagen Catholic Health Services infrastructure upgrade in a ceremony in Kuruk.

The Five Million Kina facilities delivered throughthPNG-AustraliaIncentive Fund include two new sub-health centres and staff houses at Kuruk and Fatima, staff houses at Mun, a new patient waiting area and staff houses at Rebiamul, and an ambulance.

Commissioner Stokes saidthe facilities would expand clinic services in critical areas such as maternal and child health.

Catholic Health Secretary for Western Highlands Sister Divya said she expected outpatients, inpatients, immunisations, antenatal services and supervised births to double withthe new and upgraded facilities.

Since 2000, Australia has built K350 million worth of health and education infrastructure inthe country throughtheIncentive Fund. 

Australia’s assistance includes direct financing for health facility operations and outreach, health worker training, procurement and distribution of quality-assured medical supplies, refurbishment of health facility infrastructure and contracting of health service providers.

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