Porgera urban clinic treating 400 a day

Highlands

THE Porgera urban clinic, which was expanded at a cost of K1.1 million, is now serving about 400 patients daily.
This follows the closure of Paim Hospital and other aid posts due to alleged mismanagement.
Seven staff quarters and security fencing were built at the clinic, funded by the Porgera Joint Venture (PJV). Porgera district health manager Jerry Maku said PJV’s support had boosted the clinic’s facilities and staff morale tand improved service.
“The government clinic, built in the 1960s, is now the only medical facility for a populace of about 67,000,” he said.
He said the clinic did not get any support from the government.
“Staff accommodation was run down and there was no security fencing,” he said.
“I had to close the clinic for a month.”
Maku said if the district administration was active, then the clinic could have received some form of support.
“We thank PJV for the huge support it has given to this clinic.
“We can see it is benefiting the people, staff and medical operation.”.
Maku has urged the people to change their attitude towards PJV because it had been contributing to farming and other major projects.

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