Asthe current ship MV Pacific Link, commonly known as YWAM Medical Ship retires in 2015;the government has come fit to purchase a new one.
This meansthe YWAM Medical Ship will not only serve Gulf and Western Province but extend futher to ther parts of Southern Region.
MV Pacific Link was formerly a Japanese Shipping boat but was converted into a floating hospital, known asthe YWAM Medical Ship.
Since 2010,the ship had provided much needed services to parts ofthe Western and Gulf Provinces.
The Medical Outreaches were supported bythe Government oPNG,InterOil, Steamships, Ok Tedi MinePNGSDP and Curtain Bethers
Asthe YWAM Outreach ends its fourth year,the Medical Ship will also retire in 2015.
ThPNG governmentothroughthe National Planning Departmentopresented K4 million to get a new ship that will continuethe worthy operations.
Minister responsible, Charles Abel, and ther Members of Parliament were on boardthe Medical Ship to dothe honours.
The government has to source anther K18 million to fully purchasethe new ship. Minister Abel saysthey hope to get assistance from Australia.
YWAM Medical Ship Patron and former Prime Minister Sir Rabbie Namaliu emphasised that YWAM’s Strategy includes vision for servicing, training and Medical assistance.
Unfortunately he says,the Medical Ship is only allowed to dock in Port Moresby for only 6six months and within that time-framework,the team of volunteers try to provide much needed health care.
Since 2010,the YWAM Medical Ship has delivered 167, 839 health, training, and community services inthe Gulf and Western Provinces.
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