Members of the Gazelle District Development Authority Board were on hand to receive the first four hand wash stations on Thursday, May 7, at the PI branch in Kokopo town.
Health Minister and Member for Gazelle, Jelta Wong said the ten hand wash stations will be distributed to two schools each in the five LLGs of Livuan-Reimber, Inland Baining, Lassul Baining, Toma-Vunadidir and Central Gazelle.
On behalf of the Health Department and Gazelle DDA Board, Minister Wong thanked PI for this initiative, saying there is a need to partner with the private sector in the fight against COVID-19.
He said especially at this time when schools have resumed, it was paramount to install proper water stations that can enable students to practice preventive measures against COVID-19.
He said a criteria used to identify which schools to give the hand wash stations was based on student population and access to limited water supply.
The identified schools are Vunairoto and Iatapal primary schools in the Livuan-Reimber LLG, Napapar and Vunakanau primary schools in Central Gazelle LLG, Malasaet and Vudal primary schools in Lassul Baining and Paparatava and Vunadidir primary schools in the Toma-Vunadidir LLG.
The value of one hand wash station ranges between K500 to K600.
On behalf of PI, its sales manager, Laurie Williams, said the company is happy to partner with Gazelle district and the Health Department to donate the hand wash stations.
He said arrangements are in place to deliver the stations to the identified schools in the coming days.
(From left: Gazelle District Administrator Allan Balbal, PI sales manager Laurie Williams, Livuan-Reimber LLG president Sam Piniau, Toma-Vunadidir LLG president Robert Mati, Central Gazelle LLG president Joe Endo, Executive Officer to the Gazelle MP, Beddie Jubilee and PI Warehouse Manager Ron Han during the handover of the first four hand wash stations on May 7)