Central Province

Water-borne diseases on rise in province

This was revealed by Dr Cindy Gaso, who is based at the Veifa’a mission run hospital.

The doctor also revealed that the hospital, which usually caters for the villagers, has also been affected by the flood.

“Sanitation and water will be a major issue,” she said.

“This may go on for at least six months or even a year.

“What is important now is the water supply; pit toilets were over flooded, flowing into the water wells, which causes decontamination.”

Dr Gaso noted that the recovery period will be a long one.

Relief planned for flooded Central villages

Most affected are the areas from the Mekeo area of the province.

Yesterday the disaster coordinator and a representative from Red Cross did an aerial survey of the area.

They flew from the mouth of the Angabanga River upstream to Veifa’a, Ipiana, Amiata and the Central, West and East Mekeo area.

There was evidence of severe flooding which has since subsided while a few houses seen to have been flooded could be seen from the air.

Strong winds blow houses over

At least three houses collapsed when they were hit by the strong winds and massive waves.

Kido village is situated off a point behind Rearea village and Gorohu-Manumanu in the Kairuku-Hiri LLG.

Information came in that the villagers, whose only mode of transportation is by sea, have been unable to move anywhere.

Those who were travelling on Sunday reported encountering gigantic waves that they have never experienced before.

They are now calling on relevant authorities, as well as the Central Provincial Government, to attend to their plight.

Flash flood warning for Central Province

The Central Provincial Administration, through the provincial disaster office, has urged villagers along the coastal areas and rivers, stream beds, drainage ditches and culverts to take extra precaution.

Governor aims for a ‘smarter Central Province’

The new governor, who has only been in the position for just over six months, says Central Province must look forward to major changes come 2018 onwards.

The Governor said Central has been lacking the drive for a proper push for economic boost – this needs to change.

“With economic power comes political power.

“There needs to be much more contribution towards economic drive.”

Agarobe said following the announcement of the budget, it is appropriate to say that Central Province will see the much-needed improvement.

New Hula school calls for assistance

The Hood Point High School caters for students from the eight villages of Hula, Iruale, Irupara and Alewai, Kaparoko, Gemo, Kalo, Kamali, Babaka and Makerupu in the Rigo district.

Headmaster of the school issued the call for assistance during the school’s pioneer Grade 10 lunch recently.

The school, in its second year of operation, is headed by Vui Noka and nine other teachers. Seven of them are accommodated at the school while three are without houses.

VIDEO: Agarobe calls for a united Central

These were his remarks during the recently held Central Provincial Day held in Port Moresby.

 

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​Murder charge upgraded for Central man

Malcom Vavari Manasah of Gavuone village, Abau, Central, appeared in court from police custody where his upgraded charge was read and explained to him.

Police allege that on July 19, at Kupiano station, Manasah, while under the influence of alcohol, swung a timber and hit a Uani Vanua on the head.

The fight took place at Manasah’s family home after he was caught by duty police personnel. This was during the counting period when a liquor ban was imposed during the National Election.

Roadblock leads to six arrests

There was a blockade set up by the people of Eboa village along the Hiritano Highway on Tuesday, Sept 19.

The illegal roadblock was set up in retaliation to a fight that erupted after the independence 9s rugby tournament of the Kairuku Member's cup.

The main highway was blocked off since Tuesday where the inland Mekeo villagers were not permitted to go through.

Central police commander Laimo Asi personally visited the roadblock and had it forcefully removed.

​Couple on a mission

However, a couple is on a mission to restore and regenerate their once lush mangrove coastlines.

Ulato Avei and husband William Kwara recently opened Koke Hanua bar and conference area at their home in Boera, Central Province, after successfully obtaining a loan from the National Development Bank.

“Koke is the name of the area and Hanua means villa in our language, so it’s translated to Koke Villa,” says Ulato.

One very visible sight customers will appreciate is the lush mangrove overlooking the sea.