By YVONNE HAIP
THE 5,000 villagers in remote Ambullua, Western Highlands province, now have access to
better health services following the opening of the Catholic-run Ambullua health centre last month.
The centre cost the church more than K375,000 and MP Wake Goi assisted with K38,000 from his district support improvement programme (DSIP) to airlift building materials from Kagamuga Airport using Missionary Fellowship Aviation.
Previously, those that were very sick had to be carried on home-made stretchers to the Kol sub-health centre, which is a three-hour walk by a bush track.
Mr Goi said the new centre would help save lives as treatment and medication would be readily available.
“Health services in Jimi had been poor due to financial constraints and limited staff.
“Many sick patients had died along the road to seek better medical services in Kol,” he said at the opening of the centre.
“I am also looking at making Ambullua one of the stations in the district by improving health services, building better roads, schools and staff housing, among others.
“I am committed to building new classrooms for the Ambullua Primary School as well as staff houses. Other schools also need renovations,” Mr Goi said.
Others present at the opening of the centre included assistant district administrator Michael Mek, Catholic Archbishop Douglas Young and district health officer Joseph Mombo.