By Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Usino Bundi District in Madang is eyeing the services of flying doctors to bring much-needed health services to its people.
District MP, Anthon Yagama, believes this service is a viable solution, given the harsh geographic conditions of the country.
In a visit to Wewak recently, the Usino Bundi MP and district officials met Dr. Max Griffith, a flying doctor who believes mobile air services are an opportunity to serve the rural people of PNG.
“The use of helicopters will be helpful for rural places in Papua New Guinea,” Dr. Griffith said.
His discussion with the Usino Bundi District has drawn results for the assembling of 15 containers to be airlifted for medical officers into the Gama Ward in the District.
“We want to bring health services to rural places where roads and bridges are not built so people could access services after years of denial,” said Yagama.
Dr. Griffith has been working closely with the Australian Royal Flying Doctors. He believes districts in PNG should use helicopters, as most struggle to build roads and bridges for people to access health facilities.
Usino Bundi is now embarking on a three-year plan to put the flying doctors project into operation for budget purposes.