By Staycey Yalo – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Keapara Health Centre in the Central Province is in need of an upgrade as it is run down and has not been renovated since its inception in 2005. The small health center which serves Keapara and two other villages in the area is run by just one female community health worker.
Nurse, Pricilla, says the health centre needs to be upgraded so that people can receive better health services. The health centre serves people in Keapara, Alikuni and Karawa. Most times, villagers cannot be served and they are forced to travel to Port Moresby. The drugs are delivered to them every two months from Port Moresby. The major concern is the state of the health centre. Since its construction in 2005, there has been no work done to renovate the building.
Pricilla says basic health services that the health centre should provide cannot be done as the building cannot cater for the number of people coming in. They are calling on the authorities to consider upgrading their health centre.