By Stanley Ove Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby
The Marara aidpost in the remote Lai valley in the Mendi Muinhu, Southern Highlands was officially opened last week Thursday by Mineral Resource Development Corporation Managing Director, Augustine Mano.
The small semi-permanent building aidpost built in 1998 was replaced with a permanent building through the funding of K60,000 by MRDC.
The Marara aidpost located on the border of Lai Valley in the Mendi-Muinhu district, Southern Highlands and Kandep in the Enga province serves more than 15,000 people.
Mr Mano said he was pleased to see the K60,000 funding he made available put to good use.
He said the work done to construct the Aidpost reflected the people’s desire to work hard and develop their community and serve the needs of their community.
“I’m proud to be here to open this aidpost because the community is one of those overlooked by successive governments of Enga and Southern Highlands but God still cares for them. The work done to build the aipost is more than the funding of K60,000 MRDC made available. This is a result of the leadership provided by Dr Eric and as a result of the community involvement and I’m very proud,” he said.
Mr Mano said because of the sacrifices and involvement of the community, he would continue to fund K10,000 for the operation of the aidpost for the next five years, even if he leaves MRDC and become a private citizen.
Provincial Health Advisor, Michael Mambo, thanked Augustine Mano and his MRDC management for the assistance.
He said the aidpost would be further developed to a health centre in the future.