by Fabian Hakalits – EM TV News, Port Moresby
A new health clinic in the Gerehu suburb of Port Moresby has recorded increase in patients seeking medical attention.
St Paul’s Day Operation Clinic owned by the Catholic Church Health Services and located at Gerehu’s Stage Six began its operations in July and already recording over 1,000 patients.
Officer in Charge, Sister Rhondy Maso, told EMTV News that figures have increased due to closure of some health facilities in Port Moresby.
The clinic is into its two months of operation with a ratio of 10 clinical staff to 150,000 people in the Gerehu catchment.
Sr Maso said that the facility was built as a STI, HIV/Aids clinic.
However, due to the demand it has expanded to cater for people’s health needs and to fulfil their mission to promote and protect lives.
The closure of St John’s Hospital in Gerehu has forced patients to access this facility.
In addition, patients from Nine Mile, Morata and Boroko, also access these services.
Meanwhile, Catholic Church Health Services Secretary, Justine McMahon thanked the PNG and Australian Government for their partnership with churches, in delivering the much needed services.
Sr Maso said that St Paul’s Clinic welcomes patients and will provide the health care service.
Plants are underway for more awareness on preventative health in the nearby communities and schools.