By Fabian Hakalits – EM TV News, Port Moresby
One of Papua New Guinea’s premier schools of nursing used to be Arawa, in the then North Solomons Province.
The nursing college ceased its programs because of the civil war, which occurred on the island.
It was one of the premier educational institutions in Papua New Guinea, where many professionals were trained, some of whom are still serving the state today.
The nursing school was located within the once well-established health facility, destroyed and burnt down during the Bougainville Civil War.
Part of the major plans was to rebuild the Arawa School of Nursing, and this dream has come through.
And now, scholarships for the first 31 students accepted for the Diploma in nursing program has been secured.
Arawa District Medical Officer, Dr Joe Vilosi, was delighted and announced the 2016 School Calendar.
“The good news is Arawa will be re-enrolling students to undergo clinical nursing training.”
Dr Vilosi told EMTV News that school building and teaching aids have been secured and lecturers will be rotating from Divine Word University.
Arawa School of Nursing will become the second location of the Divine Word University under Vunapope School of Nursing.
“Instructions have been sent to students with their acceptance letters. The 2016 Academic year begins on February 15,” Dr Vilosi said.