HEALTH centres in West New Britain province lacking basic medical equipment had reasons to celebrate last week when Governor Peter Humphreys turned up on their doorsteps to donate these equipment.
According to reports from the provincial administration, the provincial government under its provincial development programme funding of K1 million for last year, used K458,000 from that to purchase basic medical equipment such as stethoscopes, high blood pressure machines, weight scales and others.
Mr Humphreys paid a visit to health centres at Ulamona, Bialla, Silanga, Lalofo, then on to Bali-Vitu to Faruru and Unea, then on to Kilenge to hand out the equipment.
He was accompanied by provincial administrator Stephen Raphael.
Reports revealed that health workers at these centres were happy as the equipment would help in providing better health services to the people that come in from mostly the rural area.
At Bialla and Ulamona, health workers shed tears of joy, saying such equipment did not come by them often and, at times, they could not give exact prescriptions to patients.
Mr Humphreys will continue his visit to other health centres in Kandrian-Gloucester when he returns from Port Moresby.