by Rachel Shisei – EM TV News, Madang
The MV Pacific Link, a YWAM or Youth with a mission’s first training and medical ship, has returned to Papua New Guinea.
The vessel is to be re-deployed as a forerunner, for the next phase of marine based services.
The medical ship set sail for her maiden voyage from Port Moresby to Madang yesterday, to begin its service in the Sumkar District.
Arriving yesterday, on the invitation of the Sumkar MP, Ken Fairweather, MV Pacific Link staff have already held meetings and talks with Madang health workers.
“A lot of our motivation to come here is to serve people, and it’s a part of a long-term strategy to reach the remotest parts of Papua New Guinea that cannot be accessed due to the geographical features,” said Julie McLaughlin, the vessel’s Manager.
Fairweather personally has helped make this delivery of medical help free of charge for the Sumkar District people.
“I’ve personally committed half a million kina on behalf of my District Development Authority (DDA), and my DDA is more than willing to support that and more if we have to,” Fairweather said.
Also present to welcome the YWAM team was the Madang Provincial Health Director, Marcus Kachau, on behalf of all health officers in Madang.
“We’ve already got the technical team meeting underway between technical teams of the Modilon General Hospital, the Provincial Health Office and the YWAM team,” said Kachau.
The YWAM team has delivered 290,000 health and training services from the year 2010 to the year 2014.
The MV Pacific Link will be delivering primary health care, dentistry and training to coastal villages in the Sumkar District from next Monday.
YWAM MV Pacific Link Redeployed Into Papua New Guinea