KEREMA MP Richard Mendani has promised to fix the problems at the run-down Murua Health Centre in Malalaua, Gulf.
Officer-in-charge Sister Hapare Wake said the health facility has not been upgraded or maintained since it was opened in 1991.
Mendani recently visited the health centre much to the relief of Wake and the people and promised them to fix the centre.
The state of the outpatient area, emergency room, labour ward and dispensary has deteriorated badly over the past two decades although staff members try to keep the health centre clean and presentable.
Wake said the health centre had two nurses and three community health workers who tried to serve the people with the resources available to them.
Wake said requests to government authorities over the years had fallen on deaf ears.
She said staff used kerosene lamps to deliver babies at night.
“The health centre attends to between 30 and 40 patients a day,” Wake said.
Mendani visited the staff homes which were run down. Workers were forced to live there because there was no alternative accommodation.
Wake said the health centre needed electricity supply and an ambulance to transfer patients to the Kerema General Hospital.
The labour ward is deserted because there were no beds for mothers to deliver their babies.
Wake said that the outpatient ward had no furniture for patients who on many occasions patients had to be turned away because of the shortage of drugs.
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