Western Province

Retired nurse returns to help TB emergency response

With over 40 years of nursing experience and a heart-warming smile, Sr Ase has become a familiar face across Daru Island, Western Province, working with communities on the frontline of the emergency response to tuberculosis (TB).

As the Emergency TB Response Nursing Officer at Daru General Hospital, Sr Ase’s role is to visit households where people have been newly diagnosed with TB and investigate if other family members are also showing signs and symptoms.

Western should be split: Governor

The province’s huge landmass has been identified, among others, as a main obstacle to reaching the sparsely isolated communities in terms of service delivery.

Western Governor Taboi Awi Yoto believes that splitting the province would reduce many legacy issues concerning development in the province.

He said it will also allow adequate representation of people from this region in Parliament by creating several more open electorates, especially Nomad and Lake Murray areas.

Rumginae primary gets new classroom

The additional infrastructure will go a long way in accommodating the needs of the school as it notes the expansion in student enrolment.

Rumginae Primary School was established in 1962 and has served Western Province well.

However, like many rural institutions, the school has infrastructural challenges.

The opening of the additional classroom opens the door to more opportunities and improved learning for the students.

“It is a new era you have set for Rumginae Primary School and Western Province,” said Head Teacher Awa Getame.

Local queries use of PNGSDP funds

A frustrated Deputy Head Teacher of Rumginae Primary School said the province hosts the Ok Tedi Mine however, there is nothing to show for it on ground.

The deputy head teacher aired his grievances on the unfair distribution of wealth and benefits received by PNG Sustainable Development Program through the Ok Tedi Mine. 

He pointed out that although the province prides itself in hosting the Ok Tedi Mine, the health and education facilities are still sub-standard.

Road works begin across border

The launching was held at Alicpit Birimkamba waterfront in Ningerum local level government area.

North Fly MP James Donald, while addressing his people, said this road project would encourage economic activity and trade across the border regions as well as Western Province as a whole.

“We cannot continue to conduct business with Port Moresby because it’s too far and expensive. Let’s make our life easier by simply putting a road across,” Donald stated.

Western Province leaders hailed for working together

Musje Werror, who’s originally from West Papua but calls Madang his second home province, has been working with OTML for 30 years in Western Province.

He was invited among other guests by North Fly MP James Donald to launch Alicepit-Ambaga-Yetetkun road that will run from the West Bank of Alice River to Indonesia.

Werror described the unity and willingness demonstrated so far by Western leaders as ‘first time in 30 years’.

Dr Kombra condemns Ningerum High arson

Dr. Kombra’s comments come after the recent arson at Ningerum High School in Western Province on September 12th.

Dr. Kombra said burning down of the school buildings is not the solution to any problems hence demanding for the ill behaviour to stop.

He warned the schools that the frequency of school fires must now prompt the school authorities to take tough control measures on discipline of students.

Balimo Airstrip opens after 5 years

Excited locals turned up to witness the landing after services were suspended in 2013.

This follows an inspection by the Rural Airstrip Agency CEO, John Bromley, and his staff.

It was a surprise many did not expect as the Mission Aviation Fellowship touched down for the first flight to Balimo in five years.

Locals gathered to welcome the pilots and thank Bromley and his team.

Rubber growers need govt’s help

Liston Ewabo, 35, from Kewa, Balimo District, said their remoteness and distance from main markets forces them to sell their goods at below market prices to buyers with transportation and logistical access.

He said currently, they sell well below half the market price in other parts of the province.

Ewabo married into a family in Kawito who look after more than 600 rubber trees, beginning their venture 15 years ago.

He recently took it on as a full time job and has seen first hand the positives but also the negatives.

Gov’t yet to honor commitment to Western Province

South Fly MP Sekie Agisa raised this issue in Parliament today asking the Minister for Health to explain to his people as to what is the status of the commitment.

South Fly MP Sekie Agisa said Daru hospital is facing the shortage of various drugs and equipment to fight TB in the province.

He said the hospital has wind-down operations because no funds to operate the hospital.

“When will the Government honor its commitment and release the funds to address the issue of TB in Western Province?”