The Catholic Church Health Service outreach program has been further boosted with Digicel Foundation’s donation of a fully equipped Mobile Health Clinic to the Norba Sub Health Centre which will provide free medical services expected to impact 25,000 people in the Nodgul area of the North Whagi District.
Developed and funded by Digicel PNG Foundation at a value of K150, 000, the Mobile Health Clinic is a brand new, fully equipped ambulance which will greatly assist in places where outreach programs were previously done by foot patrol. A dedicated medical team from the centre will utilize the new Mobile Health Clinic for regular medical outreach services to the rural areas as well as for emergency referrals to nearby hospitals.
The new Mobile Health Clinic is set to offer essential health services to the surrounding rural communities of the Nodugl area and is expected to bring a positive impact to the lives of 3000 people every month, particularly mothers and children.
Marena Sansan, Digicel Highlands Regional Manager who was at the event to officiate the presentation said “The launch was successful and very moving as there was a huge crowd of over 3,000 locals cheering on as the ambulance drove into the Norba Health Centre. A lot of women wept openly as memories of relatives who have died due to lack of proper medical facilities grazed through their minds and with Digicel Foundation’s donation of a fully kitted mobile clinic, we are pleased that a lot of lives can now be saved”.
Head of Mt Hagen Catholic Arch Diocese, Archbishop Douglas Young, who was on hand to receive the keys to newly funded mobile Health Clinic encouraged villagers to be honest with themselves and ensure the ambulance is well looked after while local Community leaders also expressed their gratitude towards Digicel Foundation and its mother company Digicel PNG for the generous donation.
Senior Program Manager of Digicel Foundation, Beatrice Mahuru said: “We are grateful to the Catholic Health Services for the work they do in marginalized communities throughout Papua New Guinea and we are delighted to have supported their efforts with this donation and I would like to thank our partner Ela Motors for their commitment to providing free services for the new Mobile Health Clinics”.
The Norba Mobile Health Clinic is the eight mobile health clinic funded by Digicel Foundation including seven others which are; Kaugere (NCD), Tsak Vallen (Enga), Barawagi (Simbu), Kokopo (East New Britain), Koibuga (Western Highlands Province), Lae (Morobe) and the recent one in Timbunke (East Sepik).
Archbishop Douglas Young, Head of Mt Hagen Catholic Arch Diocese blessing the new ambulance funded by the Digicel Foundation for Norba Mobile Health C