Patients and others visiting Kagamuga Health Centre in Mt Hagen, Western Highlands Province will probably think it is a new health facility.
But no, it is the same old health centre except that it has been renovated/rehabilitated and freshly painted which makes it look new.
The new-look health facility is a result of six weeks of much needed rehabilitation work that has been carried out by the Care International WaSH Project team to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) services at the facility.
Funded by UNICEF, the International Children’s Emergency Fund, the health centre has had its washing facilities including hand wash basins, showers, toilets, patient treatment area and other facilities rehabilitated, making the health centre look new and more conducive for patient care.
UNICEF’s Chief of WaSH, Mr Carlos Vasquez visited the facility recently after it was completed and thanked Care International for ensuring the job was completed on time and presented staff of Susu Mamas with a donation certificate.
Susu Mamas PNG Inc., the NGO group currently managing and operating the facility under an agreement with the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority who owns it are very happy and proud of the new-look facility.
WHP Health Facilities Manager for Susu Mamas, Ms Teresita Waki said her organisation and WHPHA were very thankful to UNICEF and Care International for rehabilitating the health facility through the WaSH program.
Patients seeking treatment as well as members of the Hagen Central WaSH committee, Mt Hagen City Authority, Care International and staff of WHPHA and Susu Mamas were present to witness the occasion.
Great work done by the Care International with the support from UNICEF. Renovation is the important activity that must be maintained to avoid huge cost in the future with scarce resource in the health facility. Most of the health facility in the country run down due to lack of maintenance but the Care International important thing that maintain the good looking environment for all health workers and patient. Most of the rural areas of Western Highlands province need such activity to be undertaken to provide health care to all needy one in the most isolated areas. partnership is the way forward to eliminate the health issues in the country.
Thank you WHPHA and Care International in PNG for the effort.
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