By Jack Lapauve Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby
After years of neglect, Kimadan Sub Health Centre in New Ireland Province will upgrade its TB ward. Namatanai MP, Walter Schnaubelt, visited the health centre to present a financial assistance of K80,000.
Sister in Charge, Anna Rawes, said since the establishment of the health centre, no funding of such amount has been received.
Sister Rawes thanked MP Schnaubelt for the consideration to fund the health centre. She says the health facility is in a devastating state and the funding will help improve facilities so people access better health services.
The Kimadan Sub Health Centre has seen a rise in TB cases. In the last 5 years, the centre has struggled to improve medication to TB patients. Monitoring TB patients and consistent medication supply have been the issue, but now the funding will see a new TB ward built.
The funding is from the Namatanai District and Services Improvement Program (DSIP) funding. The health centre serves about 11,000 people from Karu to Konos and islands of Tabar.
The presentation was witnessed by nearly a thousand people, including Namatanai District public servants, United Church Health Secretary Agnes Rangia, and other partners.
The Kimadan Health Centre is run by the United Church Health Services.