The National, Friday 7th September, 2012
THE Butibam health centre in Lae, Morobe, yesterday received boxes of drugs supplied by AusAID.
Sister Nellie Taleng said the clinic usually got its supplies from the Area Medical Store but the donation had been a boost to their work.
“We get our supplies from Area Medical Store every two months. Now that we’ve received the donation, space is a problem for us because we have no place to store the drugs,” Taleng said.
She said after a building under construction was completed they would be moving the boxes of drugs there.
She said some of the drugs that the clinic had received were designed for hospitals where only doctors were authorised to prescribe to patients.
“Some of these drugs are meant to be prescribed by doctors so we will have to consult the Area Medical Store to advise us on what to do with them,” she said.
Other aid posts and clinics in rural areas of Morobe have received their share of supplies as well.
Logistics contractor to AusAID, Loha Customs and Forwarding Ltd has been transporting the supplies to Butibam and clinics in the province.
Loha Customs’ Nakiri Anong said they delivered the supplies three times a year, first to health centres and then aid posts in rural areas.
“We are contracted to deliver the supplies but we do not know what the contents of the boxes are,” Anong said.
“However, we will make mention in our reports that some of the drugs that were supplied are intended for hospital use only and state what drugs are most needed by the clinics.”
Speaking on behalf of the member for Lae and Minister for Religion, Youth and Community Loujaya Toni, Willie Wayne said Toni was pleased with the donation which would go a long way to help the people of Morobe.