Rural health centre upgraded in Pomio

Islands, Normal

THE Palmalmal rural health centre in Pomio is to be upgraded at a cost of K2 million following the signing of contracts between the East New Britain provincial administration and developer China Jiangsu International (CJI).
The upgrading project was awarded last year and the signing last Thursday kick-started the implementation process for the centre.
The signing also launched the construction of the K700,000 Tol Warehouse.
Administrator, Akuila Tubal, acknowledged CJI for its proven record of developmental work in the province and “we trust it will do good work here”.
Apart from the major renovation of the centre, CJI’s job scope included two three-bedroom houses, a post natal ward and a general ward.
Mr Tubal said the sustainability of the projects would come under the recurrent budget.
The Pomio district administration also needs to speed up its process of securing funds for the renovation of Sivauna and Viosopuna health centres.
Part funding for both projects, costing K950,000, was made available under the National Government through the Health Services Improvement Programme.
District administrator Peter Peniat said a submission paper was presented in its JDP&BPC last Saturday to secure additional funding for the two health facilities that were in dire need for major repair works.