The National, Wednesday 15th May 2013
THE Ambunti-Dreikikir district in East Sepik received a container of hospital equipment from Rotary Club International and the Jiwaka Welfare Association yesterday.
A second container with education gear is due to arrive in Wewak in two months.
Ambunti-Dreikikir MP Tony Aimo said he had ordered the equipment costing K100,000, which was not part of the K10 million national government grant for development.
Chairman of the Jiwaka Welfare Association Frank Goi, who accompanied the container of hospital equipment from Lae, said 18 beds, medical trays and other equipment were included.
“The materials were collected from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Poland through the Rotary Club International,” he said.
“As the agent here, I have delivered six containers to Jiwaka and one each to Madang, Kokopo and Markham.
“This is the first one for Ambunti-Dreikikir and the second one which contains education material, including computers, will arrive in two months”
Aimo said the availability hospital equipment was timely because it complemented efforts to renovate Ambunti and Dreikikir hospitals at a cost of K100 000 each.
He said the educational gear would be delivered to six Kawanga LLG schools, including Dreikikir High School, and the other three LLGs would benefit from Rotary International as well.
“This is the year of implementation and I will make sure that funds are drawn down directly to projects,” Aimo said.
“The arrival of this container is one evidence of our district’s implementation but funds used to purchase these materials are outside the K10 million provided by the national government for the district.”
Aimo said the first K2 million of the K10 million he received early this year were used for law and order and administration purposes and another K1m, an Ambunti-Dreikikir district trust account, would be diverted to economic and agriculture sectors.