by Bridgette Komatep – EMTV, Port Moresby
The management of Sausi EBC Health Centre in the Usino Bundi area of Madang, has been forced to relocate the health centre.
Following recent flood, the health centre was covered in mud and debris, which forced the church-run health centre to close down.
This has deprived over 3,000 people from accessing health care.
Recently, the management team from EBC Headquarters in Goroka, led by National Secretary of EBC Health Services, Japalis Kaiok, travelled to Sausi Health to inspect the extent of the damages.
They were concerned that with the closure of the health centre, 3,000 people living in the 6 LLG’s in the Usino – Bundi District would be without health services.
Sausi health centre was established in 1964, starting as an Aid Post by early EBC Missionaries who settled in Sausi in 1954.
It was operated by their wives who trained local nursing aids as Aid Post Orderlies or APO’s.
The current building was built by World Vision and handed over to the Evangelical Brotherhood Church in 1984. However, this historical health centre will be forced to relocate to prevent destruction from future floods.
The management team has seen the extent of the damage and has opted to relocate to another site within the District. Information will be compiled and presented to Madang Provincial Government to take action.