Health Centre In Dire Straits
Post Courier Author
BWAGAOIA health centre on Misima island in Samarai-Murua, Milne Bay province has been closed down due to drug shortage, limiting people’s access to medical services.
This was revealed by MP for Samarai-Murua, Isi Henry Leonard.
Mr Leonard has already made arrangement for a medical doctor to be on Misima to provide the medical service and expertise.
“My challenge now is to look at alternative sources where I can draw medical drug supplies and have them supplied to four LLG areas which are Gwasopa, Jinzo on Rossel island, Nimoa on Sudest Island, Bwagaoia at Misima and Samarai health centre.
I need to provide drugs immediately, to the health centres” he said.
A few patients and villagers from Kimuta island which is about 30 minutes dinghy ride from Misima also reported a similar issue and that they were not seeking medical services.
Mr Leonard said the geographical remoteness of the electorate is making health service delivery “most challenging” and that he would address this as his first task in office.
“We are so remote and cut-off to vital services and that our people are suffering. There are deaths that should have been prevented but are happening due to lack of medicine and medical professionals,” Mr Leonard said.