More kind-hearted people in the Western Highlands are approaching the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority (WHPHA) to make donations to help those in need.
The latest is a second-hand clothes dealer who has facilitated the donation of a wheelchair, crutches and bales of pyjamas by the Australian supplier of her clothes.
Miriam Raim, owner of Payless Clothing in Mt Hagen delivered the equipment and pyjamas during a small but significant ceremony at Mt Hagen Hospital earlier this month, witnessed by some of her employees as well as hospital staff.
The Australian supplier had asked Miriam if Mt Hagen Hospital needed such equipment and after consulting Dr Malts Wai who belongs to the same church as Ms Raim, it was agreed for the crutches and pyjamas to be sent.
The equipment which included a wheelchair, 16 pairs of crutches and three big bales of pyjamas was sent in the same container as the clothes for Payless Clothing who paid for the freight and delivered them.
Ms Raim who did not wish to name her supplier said she was happy to facilitate the delivery of such equipment as part of her contribution towards helping the hospital and added that the supplier was willing to assist with more equipment if needed.
Acting Hospital Manager, Dr Joseph Kuk thanked the unknown donor for its kind assistance and Payless Clothing for meeting the freight cost and delivering the equipment free of charge.
He said if the donor wanted to donate more equipment and send them in a separate container, WHPHA could be approached to meet the freight cost.
Meanwhile, Chinese construction company, China Harbour Ltd has assisted the WHPHA to help prevent the spread of the virus by donating 200 Covid-19 rapid testing strips, 3,000 masks and 168 bottles of alcohol hand rub solution.
The company is currently building the four-lane road from Kagamuga Airport to Tega junction and the Highlands Highway from Tega to Keltiga through Mt Hagen City. Its contribution is part of the ongoing community support for Covid-19.
WHPHA Chief Executive Officer, Mr David Vorst in a letter to the company management has thanked them for the generous donation.
He said the items were essential to the WHPHA’s goal of stopping the spread of Covid-19 throughout the Western Highlands Province.
“The receipt of personal protective equipment (PPE) has been patchy through the National Health systems and we are most grateful for this additional support as funding is also limited when it comes to buying, and sourcing these items,” he said.