THE Baiyune aidpost in the Mumeng LLG, Bulolo, Morobe is badly in need of medical supplies and anaesthetics, its board says.
In a joint-statement yesterday, aidpost doctor Jerry Sipai, board chairman Michael Essau, secretary Geoff Aron and Mumeng LLG deputy president Jeffrey Kaio said the medical post needed more supplies because of an increase in patient numbers.
The board said the limited resources of the aidpost had been depleted after people from as far as Menyamya, Wau and Bulolo used the service, along with villagers from Mumeng and neighbouring Buang.
The board said additional pressure had been put on the aidpost last week after those injured in the ethnic clash between the Warias and Watuts in Bulolo were brought into the aidpost for treatment.
Aron said yesterday they needed an ambulance, medical supplies and upgrading work at the aidpost.
“This aidpost was built in the 1980s and is now run-down. No maintenance has been done over the years,” Aron said.
“Bulolo MP Sam Basil promised us an ambulance last month but we are still waiting,” he said.
Aron said the last help they received was from the European Union in the 1990s in the form of medical supplies. Aron said the aidpost treated around 1,000 patients weekly and the only doctor and nurse at the facility often worked late and at the weekends.
He said because of increase in the number of patients seeking treatment at the post, they wanted to change the status of the facility to a health centre. To do that, K300,000 was needed to purchase a new ambulance, more medical supplies, and renovate the aidpost.
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