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Vehicle Donated to Support Fight against Maternal Mortality


By Michelle Amba – EM TV News, Mt Hagen

PNG Tribal Foundation in partnership with the Enga Provincial Government and General Electricals PNG are working to address infant and maternal mortality in the province.

Complementing Tribal Foundation’s Vscan Pilot Project, the non –for profit organisation has been given a brand new vehicle to support health officials monitor the project.

On Tuesday, the people of Wabag witnessed the presentation of this vehicle plus two others funded by the provincial government to support health services in the province.

Eight months after the roll out of the Vscan pilot project, help in terms of logistics support came in the form of this brand new vehicle.

Funded by the Enga provincial government through the Enga Childrens’ fund, this vehicle will help in terms of logistics, getting the program coordinator to reach heath centres.

Enga Governor, Sir Peter Ipatas, during the presentation, said his government is now focused on delivering quality health care, after the National government has taken on board his free education policy.

He said the Enga provincial government is committed to ensuring that the people of Enga receive quality health care.

PNG Tribal Foundation’s Michelle Hau’ofa commended the Enga provincial government, saying in the Pacific, PNG was the highest in maternal mortality. The aim of this program was to address this health problem.

The Vscan program is aiming rural centres, which do not have access to facilities like an ultra sound machine.

The vehicle will assist program officers to monitor and collect data on how many patients are being assisted using this device.


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