Southern Highlands

SHP counting set for weekend

Ialibu-Pangia Returning Officer, Michael Ariando, told Loop PNG this morning that all ballot boxes will be extracted to Mendi today and tomorrow.

Ariando added that about nine ballot boxes in the remote area of Ialibu-Pangia will be extracted today to Ialibu station before transporting them to Mendi.

He said the weather pattern in the province has also affected polling, which resulted in the late extraction of the ballot boxes.

However, despite the late polling in some areas, voting has been peaceful since Sunday, July 2.

​One dead, houses looted in Pom

Residents at Mahuru village, Port Moresby, alleged that the men were drinking together when a fight started, which eventually led to the death of a Southern Highlander.

In retaliation, a group of Southern Highlanders mobilised and started breaking into homes from the centre of Mahuru village.

A number of distraught women and children ran to seek refuge at the nearby Air Niugini village.

Movements in out of the Air Niugini residency were stopped till the fight died down at around 9:20am.

Remote villages get access to health awareness

The awareness was on family planning, Tuberculosis (TB) and the dangers of illegal drugs, alcohol abuse and violence.

The Oil Search Foundation (OSF) working with Maries Stopes and the Pimaga District Hospital staff organised a two-day health patrol last month that delivered health services and awareness to the schools and communities.

The eight-person team provided immunisation for children, general outpatient screening, antenatal clinics for pregnant mothers, family planning services, HIV testing and distributed treated Mosquito nets.

​New health centre to serve over 4000 people

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill witnessed the official opening of the health centre in the South Wiru Local Level Government (LLG) of Ialibu Pangia District on Saturday, May 6.

Funded by the Department of Health, the Centre was officially opened by the Secretary for Health, Pascoe Kase, in the presence of thousands of people who came from all over Ialibu Pangia.

PM O’Neill said the health policy that the Government has implemented is very important and must reach out to the rural areas.

Olympic Values goes to Mendi

The programme was held last month and was run by the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee.

The programme was presented in two parts;

1.  Why values are important to them

2.  Understanding the Olympic Values

Team PNG’s HERO programme athletes and 2015 Pacific Games basketballers, Dia Muri, Betty Angula and Karate athlete, Andrew Molen facilitated the OVEP sessions.

Having athletes facilitate the sessions allowed for a more powerful interaction with the students.

Mother saved by medical outreach team

Her rescue came from an outreach patrol team, comprising workers from the Oil Search Foundation, Waro Health Facility and Marie Stopes.

The team was conducting a three-day clinic on immunization, family planning awareness and basic health service delivery to the remote Fogomaiyu community, made up of four villages.

Two days into the patrol, they received word of the young mother who had undergone an unsupervised delivery along a track while on her way to the clinic.

She was weak, bleeding and in a state of shock.

SHP Governor queries Election Manager

He has also questioned replaced Election Manager, David Wakias, what interest he had in his province.

He said it was very surprising for Wakias to collude with the public to stop the hand over take over ceremony for the new Election Manager, even locking the electoral office.

“He is telling everybody, including his boss, I will not move. So what’s your interest in my province I’m asking? Powi asked,

“If you can’t follow instruction from my boss, what have you got to to do in my Province.”

Generous giving to charity

The PNG Stoma Society, led by ostomate Janet Yaki received a 12 seater vehicle from the Neville family yesterday, relieving the society off its transport needs.

This is not the first time, the family has come on board to assist the society; they donated a container fitted with shelves and air condition last year to help Janet meet her storage needs.

In a small but significant meet yesterday, the Neville family, led by Greg Neville donated the vehicle to the patron of the society and Minister for Works and Implementation, Francis Awesa.

Hides IDG payments to Landowners set for tomorrow

The payment was initially scheduled for Friday last week but did not eventuate because a gazetted public holiday (Repentance Day) also fell on that day.

Petroleum and Energy Minister Nixon Duban said all parties agreed to reschedule this event to tomorrow at Hides in Hela Province.

The event will see the payment of K35 million to Hides PDL 1 and 7 areas. K20 million from this money will be paid to PDL 1 and K15m to PDL 7.

Liquor ban in SHP a disaster, says councillor Kundi

President of Lower Mendi LLG, Peter Kundi has called for the immediate lifting of the ban to prevent further deterioration in the state of affairs.

Kundi said the liquor ban, imposed several years ago has done more damage than good, directly impacting negatively on many families, communities and the province as a whole.

He said evidence of this include widespread production and consumption of cheap home brew and dangerous drug marijuana openly along roadsides and in public places.