By Fabian Hakalits – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Minister Counsellor of the Australian High Commission, Rod Hilton, says the Australian government is pleased to support the Kokoda Initiative’s community programs.
“The Australian government is pleased to support the Kokoda Initiative’s community programs such as improved health facilities and easy access to clean water for the people of Kailaki and Ogotana,” Hilton said.
Kailaki and Ogotana Health Centres outside Sogeri in Central province will benefit from the installation of solar power, clean running water and toilets; with the aim to improve health and sanitation, and enable emergency treatment to take place safely at night.
After operating for about 80 years without an adequate water supply, the health centres are now compliant with PNG’s health standards.
Water installations are also available for the communities to use.
Health worker Aloisis Mopa said that they normally use a torch to attend to mothers in labour and to serious emergency cases in the night.
“We are really thankful that we have solar power in place now to help us with our work in the night,” he said.