MORE than 1,200 people living in Kebara, Northern, will have access to improved health services after the official opening of new facilities built through the Kokoda Initiative.
Australian High Commissioner to PNG Deborah Stokes opened the K300,000 refurbishments to the Kebara aid post yesterday.
The facilities, which were built with the support from Oro provincial and Sohe district administrations, included a refurbished aid post, a cook house, clean water systems, a new staff house, patient waiting house and new ablution block.
“The Kebara aid post is much more than an aid post, it is an integrated health facility that will enable the delivery of better health services to the community so that women, men and children can access better health services,” Stokes said.
“The facilities will provide better family planning, quality maternal and child health and improved management and prevention of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.
“The Australian Government is proud of what has been achieved here at Kebara. Without the support of the community it would not have been possible.”
Oro Deputy Governor Evatius Bori said: “We’d like to give thanks to the Australian Government and the Kokoda Initiative for their invaluable contribution to health in the Sohe district and I encourage the community to take ownership of the facility by maintaining and looking after it for future generations.”