JAMES APA GUMUNO
THE aid post in the West Pangia, Southern Highlands province, received K10, 000 for the very first time from local MP and Public Service Minister Peter O’Neill.
Mr O’Neill gave the money to the aid post board of management last week to build a semiermanent house for an aid post orderly.
Board chairman Grey Alphonse said the aid post was built from bush materials in the early 1980s and serves more than 13,000 people from West Pangia, including villagers in Kagua district like Kuare, Limbo, Kui, Puliparu, Epapine and Yamorupi, and people living in South Wiru like Lande, Yaro, Togopine, Pollio, Yamboai, Yugile, Leka and Koia.
He said about 100 patients seek medication at the aid post everyday.
Mr Alphonse said the only aid post orderly is over-worked every day due to high number
of sick people coming in to receive medical treatment.
He said due to high number of people seeking medication at the hospital everyday, the aid post always ran out of medical drugs.
Mr Alphonse said to stop patients from traveling by road to Ialibu hospital which is more than one-hour drive away, the aid post needs to be fully stocked with basic medical drugs to treat the patients.
He said a carpenter was engaged and the building is expected to be completed within the next two weeks.