by Eric Haurupma – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Transporting medical supplies and patients to the Agivairu Health Centre in the Kairiku Hiri District of Central province is a concern for Community Health Workers at the Pinu Aid Post.
The distance between the rural aid post and health centre in about 10 kilometres.
Community Health Worker, Aisa Oa, says with the increasing number of patients daily, medical supplies don’t last.
Pinu Aid Post is a main facility providing medical treatment to the entirety of Gabadi, and the surrounding Manumanu and Gorohu villages of Kairiku.
Oa has been instrumental in the delivery of health services to the people since its establishment in 2007.
EMTV arrived at Pinu Aid Post in the Gabadi village yesterday and spoke to Oa.
She said that she normally sees 15 to 20 patients daily.
“Diagnosing, treating and making referrals are some of the daily tasks,” she added.
She said all minor cases are treated there except severe emergency cases, particularly with continuous antenatal bleedings, which are referred to the Agivairu Health Centre.
She also admitted patients with drips, and assist pregnant mothers to deliver babies.
However, to source medical supplies she usually pays for vehicles to transport these supplies from the Agivairu Health Centre to the aid post.