ManOlos Aviation is working towards establishing a clinic for rural mothers near its operation base in Lae, downtown, says chief executive officer Jurgen Ruh.
Ruh said they had been in talks with the Morobe government for this initiative that would help the mothers they assist through the Mountain Area Medical Airlift (Mama) Foundation.
“Our goal for the near future is for the mothers to come out from the helicopter and go directly into that facility rather than travel another distance to Angau (Memorial Hospital),” he said.
“We are actually making progress in establishing that clinic for rural mothers which is a building next door to us.
“We are waiting for the space to be given to us and we will be looking for community support to fund that particular clinic,” he said.
Ruh said that in their commitment to serving the remote population, they had in the meantime started undertaking improvements to their equipment and facilities.
He said by next year, they would have a proper civil aviation specified and approved helipad for landing and taking off, equipped with lighting for increased safety of pilot and passengers.
He confirmed that the helicopter service had many other needs, however, had received no corporate support apart from Trukai Industries, and very little to no funding from the Government, despite Mama’s wide reach across the country, helping especially women suffering complications during childbirth.
“Out of here, we get at least 200 medevacs a year so that’s about four each week,” he said.
“If we get a regular funding from the Government, that would really assist us.
“We have medevacs to the Highlands, we often go down to Milne Bay and we also have an aircraft based in Rabaul for East New Britain, New Ireland and Bougainville.”
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