By BURI GABI
THE battle against maternal mortality rate in Central province’s rural Rigo was given a boost by the New Zealand government’s aid programme.
It donated a new 10-seater Land Cruiser to help Rigo district deliver health services effectively.
It is the initiative of the New Zealand government, Department of Health and Central provincial administration to put pool their resources to address health issues affecting the district.
Central provincial administrator Raphael Yipmaramba, when handing over the keys of the K115,000 vehicle last week to the Rigo district administrator, Iobulalai Vaina, said the current infant mortality rate in PNG was very high.
“The Central province is no exception and more awareness needs to be carried out on reproductive health in rural villages.
“The presentation of the vehicle to the district administration and health authorities in Rigo will greatly assist health workers to carry out their duties to serve the mothers and children in their villages,” he said.
Mr Vaina commended the programme implementers for having the vision to improve health service delivery in the district.
“We will now see health workers moving into further inland villages to educate mothers on reproductive health issues and also to provide health services at the door steps to mothers and children,” he said.