DAISY TANIOVA PAWA
THE Japanese government has responded to the outbreak of cholera, dysentery and influenza in Morobe and Eastern Highlands provinces by donating medical and sanitary supplies worth about K230,000.
The Y8 million worth of goods was delivered by Takeshi Fujimura, first secretary of the Japanese Embassy, in Port Moresby.
He was in Lae to hand over the emergency relief supplies to the Department of Health and the provincial disaster centre yesterday.
The relief supplies were delivered through its implementing agency, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Mr Fujimura said the government of Japan granted the aid from a humanitarian point of view in light of the existing friendly relations between Japan and Papua New Guinea.
He expressed his “sympathies and concern at the severe calamity” of the victims of the diseases and hoped that the supplies would make a difference in addressing the outbreak.
Dr Theo Likei was grateful for the response by the Japanese government and stated that this move was sure to strengthen ties between the two countries.
The supplies included intravenous fluids, oral rehydration solution, disinfectants, water purification materials, antibiotic soap, bleach solution, sprayer, portable water container, 20l and transportation to the affected areas.
Transportation will be provided by North Coast Aviation at Nadzab.
There will be three trips to each of the three affected areas in Menyamya, Wasu and Marawaka starting today.