Western Highlands Province is leading in implementing the National Health Department’s plan to build four Community Health Posts in eight project provinces in the Country.
Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority recently opened the third Community Health Post in the Mul-Baiyer area.
The project cost the Health Department and its partners K3.5 Million.
Sanap Community Health Post is the third to be opened in Western Highlands.
The project is funded by the Australian Government through Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, World Health Organization, UNICEF, JICA, ADB, Health Department and the National Government.
Its main focus is to reduce the high maternal mortality rate in PNG, and to ensure communities have access to proper health care services.
The eight project Provinces to receive 4 CHP’s each are Milne Bay, West Sepik, West New Britain, Morobe, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Enga, Eastern Highlands, and Western Highlands Province.
The Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Bruce Davis, told the people of Mul-Baiyer Lumusa that Australia and its partners will still continue to roll out this program of establishing four CHP’s each in the eight project provinces.
The Australian government has provided a K182 Million towards this project throughout the country.
Like the other three Community Health Posts in the Province, Sanap has a well designed standard health post building, three staff houses, patient’s ablution block, a state-of-the-art incinerator, fencing, and is solar-powered.
Mul-Baiyer Lumusa MP, Koi Trappe, who was also present at the gathering urged his people to look after the properties for their own benefits. More than 10,000 people at Baiyer River will now have access to basic health care services from the Sanap Community Health Posts.
Those who attended the ceremony were donor partners, Western Highlands Health Authority, and the locals.