By Fabian Hakalits – EMTV, Port Moresby
Since surgical operations resumed at Arawa health centre in 2013, it has now become a training hub for future doctors.
The first group of resident medical officers from the University of Papua New Guinea; recently completed their residency rural block training.
From a once well-established health facility, burnt down during the Bougainville Crisis and downgraded to now a health centre, their presence is a sign post for the need for an immediate upgrade of the health facility.
Three resident medical officers have completed their residency rural block training at the Arawa Health Centre, under the supervision of expert Doctor Joe Vilosi.
Not only do the officers come from Papua New Guinea, but also from other Pacific Island countries like Solomon Islands and Tonga. Through their training and experiences, the officers acquired significant knowledge and skills.
More surgical procedures, both major and minor, were performed under the strict supervision of Dr Vilosi.
Denton Aota from the Solomon Islands has achieved a lot and said, doing residency in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville remains is historical, rising up from the Crisis.
Maine Asapo from Tasman Island in Bougainville is happy to return to serve in the autonomous region.
Dr Vilosi said the presence of resident medical officers was a relief.
Concerns were raised on the need for more medical doctors in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.