Czech Republic Ambassador to PNG, His Excellency Rudolf Hykl officially opened a community aid post in Ohu village, a few kilometers south of Madang town over the weekend.
The Ohu community aid post project was jointly funded by the PNG Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Czech Development Corporation through the Czech Republic embassy.
This new aid post is a great bonus for the people of Ohu and the neighboring villages who travel long distances to access health care at Madang’s Modilon General Hospital and other health centres.
Ambassador Hykl was in the village in person and was happy to open the development project.
“Medical services are one of the basic services that people depended mostly on.”
The ambassador said he anticipates that the aid post will help improve the quality of life for the Ohu community.
He said the main purpose for Czech Republic international mission was to help communities in the rural areas with development services.
He said the primary purpose for funding is to let communities know the existence of support and commitment of the people of Czech Republic in the country.
Ambassador Hykl said small projects like aid posts is one of the development activities his Embassy has been involved in.
“Czech Republic is an active member of the European Union where the bulk of the interaction takes place. Therefore, funding such services will help Czech’s research students who are studying in the province to interact well with the communities,” Mr Hykl said.
The project manager Kenneth Molem appealed to the Ohu community to take responsibility and look after the aid post.
Mr Hykl also thanked the Binatang Research Centre for guiding and organising research projects by involving community participation to complete the aid post. The embassy is one of the many European Union development partners in PNG.