The new Avuavu Health Center is a 16 million SBD project funded by the Korean government (KOICA) through the World Health Organization.
As of Tuesday this week, approximately 4,000 people in the Avuavu region of Guadalcanal province, and approximately 7,000 others in surrounding neighborhoods and communities will greatly benefit from an improved and expanded range of health services. of the new regional health center (AHC).
These services include; General clinical services (outpatient and inpatient) and essential trauma care, Reproductive and child health services (RMNCAH), Communicable and non-communicable disease services, dental and eye clinic visits, Community/population-based health services (including satellite clinics), Support Services – Laboratory, ICP, Pharmacy, Information Management, Referrals and Disaster Response Coordination.
The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Provincial Government of Guadalcanal and the communities of Avuavu, officially opened the regional health center with many ‘enthusiasm. Children and their parents, youth and elders, and community leaders celebrated their new health facility with thank you speeches, dances, and songs.
The new Avuavu Health Center is a 16 million SBD project funded by the Korean government (KOICA) through the World Health Organization. The implementation of the project was carried out by WHO, the Ministry of Health and Guadalcanal Provincial Health with the endorsement of the Provincial Government of Guadalcanal and the Guadalcanal East Constituency Office.
In his remarks at the opening of the health facility, Dr Joel Denty, Guadalcanal Provincial Director of Health on behalf of MHMS, thanked the Korean government for the financial support for the project and WHO for the partnership. in the implementation but also to ensure that the facility meets the technical requirements of an AHC-level facility, as stipulated in the Health Role Delineation Policy.
He explained that the facility, including the recently opened Aola Health Center, are both the result of concerning reports that showed higher maternal mortality rates in remote areas of Guadalcanal province.
“Therefore, while these health centers are an integral part of overall health efforts to improve health services and facilities across the country, this particular health situation has been the driving force in pushing us to ensure that we let’s do it as soon as possible. so that these health issues can be treated more effectively and efficiently,” Dr. Denty said.
“Now when you visit this health facility, you will know that your child will be better taken care of with the well-equipped facilities provided at this health center in the region,” Dr Denty told Avuavu community members. .
Dr Denty further explained the project saying it was part of MHMS’s commitment to the Role Delineation Policy for the Solomon Islands. The policy sets the course for the delivery of health services across the country in support of the goals of the National Health Strategic Plan and our ultimate goal of achieving universal health coverage for our population.
Universal coverage aims to ensure that all people have access to the promotive, preventive and rehabilitative health services they need, of sufficient quality to be effective, while ensuring that people do not suffer financial hardship. when accessing these services.
Dr. Denty encouraged community members in Avuavu and the Weather-coast area to care for, own and take responsibility for their new health facility by working together to ensure that officers health workers working in the health facility are well taken care of and that they too will provide better health services to the communities.
Officer in charge of the WHO office in the Solomon Islands, Dr Sonja Tanevska also echoed similar sentiments of thanks to the Korean government for the financial support for the project while stating that the WHO is very happy to have worked partnered with MHMS and Guadalcanal Provincial Health to oversee the entire process of bringing the health facility to where it is today.
“Our commitment and support will not stop there, WHO will continuously provide technical support when needed and will work closely with the provincial Ministry of Health and the health care center team in Avuavu to ensure continuity of health services and efforts to achieve goal number 3 of the SDGs; good health and well-being,” said Dr Tanevska.
Meanwhile, the guest of honor of the official presentation Hon. Francis Sade, Provincial Premier of Guadalcanal, also expressed his sincere thanks to the Korean government for its financial support, WHO for implementing the project in partnership with MHMS and the Provincial Government of Guadalcanal through its provincial health team.
He also thanked the communities for their wonderful support, “Without your support we would not have reached this stage with our regional health center, your commitment and dedication to see this project come to an end is much admired and appreciated. The Challenge is now for us to ensure that the facility remains functional to continue to meet the health needs of our population.
“The Provincial Government of Guadalcanal remains the committee of our people in Guadalcanal and with health, we will provide as much as possible, with the resources we have, relevant support to ensure that the health needs of our people can be met at the both in sufficient quantity and with quality,” said Hon. First.
The chairman of the Avuavu health development committee, Mr Brown Rava, said that with the new health center in the region, the challenges of accessing quality health services will be much easier for Avuavu neighborhood and surrounding Weather-coast communities.
“We will no longer have to travel long distances and hours to see a doctor. It is here near our homes and our communities. For this, we are very grateful to donors and partners, including the national and provincial Ministry of Health, for this wonderful gift for our people today and our children tomorrow.
Source: MHMS Media
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