By Lucy Kopana – EMTV News, Lae
Villages along the Black Cat Track in Morobe lack access to basic services like health and education.
Lieutenant Patricia Watoka, a medical officer with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) who walked the Black Cat Track with the Engineering Battalion last week said, villagers do not have access to health services.
“It’s sad to see that the people out there are not receiving the health services the country has to offer and they are left out”, Lieutenant Watoka said.
She said being a medical officer with the PNGDF was one way of reaching out to locals in rural areas.
An officer with the Engineering Battalion, Captain Derek Levi said part of the walk was to see the hardships and struggles faced by people in these rural places.
“The main plea from the local population was the need for basic health services, and also basic education…Health services in terms of health infrastructure, and also the health workers that need to be posted to provide that service to the people.”