THE two nurses serving around 30,000 people at a health centre in Southern Highlands are calling for more assistance to cope with the load.
Community health worker Wendy Pugu and another nurse are based at the Sumbura Health Centre in Kagua district. She said the health centre needed more health workers.
“There’s just the two of us here, myself and the other nursing officer,” she said.
“Most of the health workers who were posted here have all left due to housing problems.
“There is just the two of us who have remained to serve our people.”
Pugu said they got their medicine supply from Mt Hagen every three months.
But they would last for only six weeks.
She said the health centre’s water tanks were damaged during the 7.5 magnitude earthquake in February and should be replaced.
“Currently we have no water and we hope that the disaster committee will fast track their duties and provide the health centres with water tanks. We have more than 30,000 people in Sumbura who depend on us.”
Pugu said the Government and Health Department must look into supporting rural health centres, as many people lived in the rural areas.