Abau District - Central Province

Villagers’ pain of accessing health services

For many, the struggle to access a health facility and treatment is real.

Mothers and their children are hit the hardest when it comes to accessing health care in Vairavanua; they walk a distance of 2 to 3 kilometres to get to the village aid post.

Naises Wamala, an elder in Vairavanua village, says despite a promise by Central Governor Kila Haoda to build an aid post, they are still using an incomplete centre.

O’Neill to maintain church partnerships

Speaking at the opening of the new Georita Memorial Church 2, in Maopa village, to thousands of people from around the Abau District of Central Province, the Prime Minister thanked the churches for their commitment.

“Churches are a very important part of our communities throughout the country,” PM O’Neill said on Friday.

“The churches hold our communities together and they fill in the role where governments have not been present.

“For many years after independence, the church was filling the gap that should have been filled by Government.