By JEFFREY ELAPA
MORE than 178,000 treated mosquito nets will be distributed to the people of Nipa-Kutubu in Southern Highlands province within the next two weeks.
Many people have died of malaria, particularly in the Poroma and Kutubu area, and this donation by Global Fund would help reduce deaths.
District health manager Olti Warop said this at last week’s district administrators and health managers workshop in Madang when acknowledging the contribution of Global Fund.
He said malaria was a killer disease in the electorate and the donation would go a long way in saving the lives of the people.
“We are very thankful to Global Fund for the concern for the people. Many had died of malaria over the years,” he said.
“People also needed better health services and partners like Global Fund meant so much for a district which had made negative headlines in the media because of law and order problems,” he said.
Mr Warop said even though health services in the district were picking up, more needed to be done with collaborative efforts from all stakeholders.
Deputy district administrator Joe Pereap said basic services were important for the rural population and Global Fund’s donation to the district was highly appreciated.