The people of Alkena in Tambul-Nebilyer Electorate of Western Highlands Province have recently celebrated the opening of a new Community Health Post in their area.
The project worth K4.7 Million, will benefit more than 15,000 people.
Western Highlands Province is one of the 8 Provinces in Papua New Guinea which are under the Government’s Community Health Project.
The 8 project provinces in PNG are Milney Bay, West Sepik, West New Britain, Morobe, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Enga, Eastern Highlands and Western Highlands Province.
Each province will have four community health posts totaling up to 32 centres to be built in PNG.
Community Health Projects are funded by the Asian Development Bank, the Government of Australia through its Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Government of PNG.
The main concept is to reduce the high maternal mortality rate in PNG and the community can have access to proper health services.
Alkena is one of the four health posts in Western Highlands Province.
Three others will be built in the other three electorates in Western Highlands.
It has a mini state-of-the-art main health post building, three staff houses, patient’s ablution block, incinerator, and fencing.
Despite the cold weather, it will be powered by a prescribed solar system and a standby generator, including street solar lighting.
After the completion of all the Community Health Posts in Western Highlands, Mt Hagen General Hospital will become a Regional Referral Hospital.