By Delly Bagu – EMTV, Port Moresby
The opening of the newly built Kwikila Health Centre, in the Rigo District of the Central Province, has been rescheduled to the 24th of April, and will not be officially opened on the 10th of April as initially planned.
Minister for Justice and Attorney General and member for Rigo, Ano Pala, revealed that major donors of the project, the Korean Government officials did not finalised their travel documents to PNG for the official opening, hence the deferral.
Mr Pala said he is not in any rush to open the hospital as this will give ample time for the contractors to thoroughly complete the last building for the doctors. Minister Pala, said it is an opportunity for the planning committee headed by District Administrator, Iobu Lalaivaina, to better prepare for the historical event for the people of Rigo.
The new facility is fully funded by the Korean Government at a total cost K12 million.
The member for Rigo thanked Korea for building such a important infrastructure in his electorate. He urged the people to take ownership of such a vital facility.
Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, is expected to open the Health Centre. Other officials including Health and HIV AIDS Minister, Michael Malabag, Korean Government officials and the Governor for Central Province, Kila Haoda, are expected to be at the event.