The National, Thursday July 18th, 2013
THE rural primary health care programme being piloted in Wewak, East Sepik, has received a boost from the Wewak district administration.
The Wewak joint district planning and budget priorities committee approved the purchase of a Toyota Landcruiser for the programme’s manager Cletus Bonn last week.
Bonn has been tasked by the Health Department to establish two community health posts at Tumarau in the Turubu area and Boikin on the west coast of Wewak.
East Sepik was one of five provinces selected by the department to pilot the Asian Development Bank-funded K8 million programme for the next eight years.
Bonn said under the programme he was expected to set up two health posts and renovate eight existing facilities in the district, some of which were very isolated and accessible only by four-wheel drive vehicles.
“I am very grateful for this timely assistance,” he said.
“There is no vehicle to roll-out this programme in the district and I thank you all for your commitment to ensure that people in the district are not deprived of a very vital service.
“The success of this programme depends on the outcome of the pilot projects in the five selected provinces and I am proud of the acknowledgement by the Wewak district.”
He said health workers would also be trained under the programme.