By WALLACE KIALA
THE East Kerema local-level government (LLG) received two banana boats and a 10-seater Landcruiser vehicle for life-saving ambulance and emergency health services for its nine council wards.
The presentation of the boats and vehicle valued at K170,000 was made in Iokea village in Gulf province to LLG president Robert Paiva last Thursday.
The presentation was made possible by the district support improvement programme under Kerema MP Pitom Bombom.
Mr Bombom said: “Over the years, Sepoe villagers of Rove, Morio, Loiulava and Sarota had to carry victims of snake bites to the Moru health centre. Most victims died before they could receive treatment.
“Similar reports were received from Popo villagers of relatives transporting patients down the Kapure River, but they died along the way or when they arrived at the Lese health centre.
“With the new river, sea and land ambulance, I want to see a realistic drop in the number of deaths due to late medical attention to emergencies.”
Mr Paiva said the existing health facilities were inadequate to provide health services to the people of rural East Kerema and urged the provincial government to consider putting up aid posts in Popo, Sepoe and Lelefiru wards.