The National, Thursday 17th November 2011
By STEPHANIE ELIZAH
PREPARATIONS are underway to establish the first school for community health workers in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
The proposed school will be located at Tanamalo in the Haku constituency of North Bougainville.
The Autonomous Bougainville Government said the school would be managed by the Wesleyan Methodist Church in partnership with Bougainville Health division and the National Department of Health.
A delegation of Bougainville health and community representatives led by Bougainville vice president Patrick Nisira spent two days in New Ireland to study the set-up of the Lemakot school.
ABG member for Haku James Beani said their aim was to acquire ideas on facilities, infrastructure, organisational, financial and management structures and training.
He said the Lemakot CHW school was a Catholic-run health school and financially supported by the National Department of Health.
Beani said the delegation was able to identify problems that could be avoided at Tanamalo.
Beani and Nisira were accompanied by Division of Health CEO Dr Anthony Pumpara, Buka General Hospital director of medical services Dr Barnabas Matanu and representatives from the Haku constituency and Wesleyan Methodist church.