The building built by Lae Builders at the cost of over K350, 000 is situated at seventh street and will now serve over 200, 000 residents – a service muchly needed in this commercial hub of the city.
On the eve of the country’s 41 Independence celebrations, this marks a double celebration for the residents.
A proud Ward Two councillor Carol Yawing said while taking office she realised the need of health services in the area.
At present many city residents receive medical treatment at Malahang health centre and long queues a major concern.
While money was not forthcoming from the Morobe Provincial Government, Councillor Yawing did not wait around but sought counterpart funding from statesman and businessman Sir Bob Sinclaire who engaged his company.
The gesture by Sir Bob culminates the private public partnership needed to bring health services to the people’s door step.
Councillor Yawing challenged her people to take ownership of the infrastructure adding it was there to meet people’s health needs.
“It’s a double celebration for the people of ward two as we also celebrate together with our country’s 41st Independence anniversary,” Yawing said.
“I salute you Sir Bob Sinclaire,” An happy Yawing added.
Lae MP Loujaya Kouza applauded Yawing’s initiative to look elsewhere for funding despite money being delayed at the provincial government level.
At the same time Ms Kouza made a commitment of K200, 000 towards the health centre’s spike fencing.
Another K10, 000 was committed by the Lae City Council for a microscope.
The health centre starts operating tomorrow (Wednesday).
Also present at the opening of the facility were Acting Provincial Administrator Sheila Harou, Sir Bob, Provincial Health Advisor Micah Yawing, Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie, President of the Family Health Association Nelly McClay and other business houses representatives.
PIcture: A proud Ward Two Councilor Carol Yawing (right) and Lae MP Loujaya Kouza being led by traditional dancers during the official opening of a health centre in Lae today.