Caption: The new Boru Sub Health Centre.
HUNDREDS converged on Timbunangwa village in the Sausso LLG of Yangoru-Saussia District in East Sepik Province, this week, to witness the opening of a new sub health centre and a road that will serve the people of Konge ring in the Sausso LLG.
After 40 years, the people in that area finally have access to better health services and a road.
Villages located in the Konge ring include Bima one to three, Papringa, Omodongu, Timbunangwa, Kwariangwa and Simange.
The 38-kilometre road from Tuonumbu to Kwariangua will be built at the cost of K3.8 million under the government’s DSIP funding. The road stretches to the last village that shares borders with Yangoru-Saussia and Angoram districts.
The health centre which will be administered under the District’s Church Health Services and will be operated by the SDA Church.
Yangoru-Saussia District Health Adviser, Glenis Wapi, who opened the new centre and the road embraced these services and thanked the Member for Yangoru-Saussia and Minister for Trade Commerce & Industry, Richard Maru.
She said access to health services and roads in this part of the district were non-existent with records of people dying while being transported by foot to the nearest aid post which is hundreds of kilometres away.
Mrs Wapi said mothers who encountered birth complications during birth died while trying to walk through muddy tracks to get medical help.
An aid post at Kwaliangwa village was shut down years ago after the health worker left due to no funding help and the people were left to suffer.
“Many lives could have been saved if health services were accessible and road conditions were accessible by vehicles so the sick can be brought to the nearest aid posts or health clinic,” said Mrs Wapi.
“Many of these aid posts have now been revived and upgraded and new ones were being constructed thanks to Mr Maru.”
She, on behalf of the people of Konge, thanked Mr Maru and the government for recognizing the need to revitalize health services in the District and to bring road access into the Konge ring.
Yangoru-Saussia District currently has 16 health workers who have been appointed to serve in the aid posts that have been revived under the leadership of by Mr Maru, with housing still an issue to be looked at.
“Currently lack of staff housing is a problem that is driving health workers away from serving in the District,” said Mrs Wapi.
Mr Maru when officiating during the opening of the new Sub Health Centre and road stressed that peoples choices in selecting their leaders have landed them in this situation.
Mr Maru committed an additional K100,000 which will go towards building a staff house for the centre.