The ABG Department of Health has confirmed the initiation of the construction of a specialized level-3 health centre, including an operation theatre, at Soraken Plantation in the Kunua District.
This critical infrastructure project is made possible through funding assistance from the Asian Development Bank and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs.
ABG Minister for Health, Dennis Lokonai, confirmed this, saying that west coast region of North Bougainville has suffered from a lack of adequate government services for a long time, particularly in the health sector, and that is why the Government has committed to these significant efforts to improve the health sector services in this part of the region.
"The west coast of North Bougainville has suffered from a lack of adequate government services in that region for a long time. The existing health center is inadequate to meet the growing population's healthcare needs. Therefore, we have strategized for an upgraded health facility to enhance the quality and accessibility of health services for the people of both the Teua and Mahari constituencies,” Minister Lokonai said.
The new health center will comprise of buildings for out-patient, accidental and emergency care, an operation theatre with a surgical ward accommodating eight hospital beds, x-ray and dental facilities, a pharmacy, two birthing suites, 22 beds for post-natal and general inpatient services, a family support centre, a waiting house for expectant mothers, a kitchen and laundry area, a maintenance workshop, a generator block, rural and electric waste incineration blocks, blocks for outpatient ablution and guardian amenities, an administration building, and 18 units of 3-bedroom staff houses.
The Soraken Health Facility will serve the people of Teua and Mahari constituencies in the Kunua District and is estimated to cost around K30million. The project is expected to be completed within 18 to 24 months.
The ABG Department of Health has expressed gratitude to the Asian Development Bank and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs for their essential support in making this transformative project a reality.
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