A CHURCH-run aid post is the first point of help for many people in rural areas that walk for hours or even days to access medical care.
Christian Health Service (CHS) chairman Japalis Kaiok said churches had been providing healthcare to people for many years before the colonial era up to the present and would continue into the future.
“This is because the mission is to serve God through the medical ministry,” he said.
“Around 85 per cent of the country’s population is based in the rural areas.
“The government services, especially in health and education, do not go all the way to the edges of the country.
“The churches’ mission enables individual churches to go beyond and set up schools and health facilities.
“A mother could travel for five to six hours to reach us just so she can get help for herself or her child.
“The church-run health facilities cut the travel time for the people in the rural areas.
“It makes healthcare at least available and accessible.”
Kaiok acknowledged the individual churches that continued to provide healthcare and commended the health workers for choosing to work with the CHS.
He said the CHS health workers despite the challenges that included having to travel to remote communities with their families or dealing with pay discrepancies, remained faithful in their calling.
Kaiok said the health workers under the CHS were some of the most dedicated and committed workers the country had.
“Their love for God and passion for their profession which is their calling keeps them going even when it gets tough,” he said.
Kaiok encouraged the health workers to remain faithful and continue serving God and the people because they would be rewarded accordingly by God at his own timing.