Government promises funding…soon
Thursday, July 9, 2009, 5:34 pm
The Assistant Director of Health for the Madang Province has promised that the funds for rural outreach programs will arrive next week.
Mr Arthur Walgun said there has been a hold up on the funding because the Director of Health’s office submitted their request for financial backing late.
Despite the setback financial support is expected from the national government next week.
“We have not yet done any outreach programs because we were late submitting our activity plans, so funding for this year has not yet been received. But hopefully we will be receiving it next week”, said Mr Walgun.
The programs will provide clinical and education support to rural communities in the hope that it will educate the villages in prevention, to ease the overcrowding at major health facilities, which can often take days for the remote population to reach.
Mr Walgun said, “People in rural areas often don’t have transportation it is too expensive. We must go to the communities and teach them to take care of themselves.”
The programs will be implemented on an annual basis and focus on health promotion including basic family care and sanitation. Awareness on major dieses and basic environmental health will also be included.