Subsidised regular flights for rural areas

Additionally, the hospital oversees and supports 9 health centres which can only be accessed by a plane or by strenuous long-hour hikes through dense jungle on narrow paths up and down the mountains. Therefore, it is very challenging for the hospital to do regular patrol visits to these health centres.

MAF PNG decided to support Kompiam Hospital in its endeavour to reach these remote communities by offering heavily subsidised regular flights. Earlier this year, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Kompiam Hospital and MAF formalising this partnership.

Report from MAF’s aerial survey

The survey flight identified many new landslides, several of them impacting roadways to various degrees. There is sporadic damage to buildings, but the damage does not appear to be widespread. 

Sharlene Coker of MAF PNG writes: