A combined integrated patrol was conducted from the 1st – 16th May 2018 in the Upper Fly and P’Nang River by the North Fly Health Services Development Program (NFHSDP) Mother and Child Health (MCH) officer Veronica Kekae along with Harin Woram from District Health Services, Samson Umbre from Adventist Health Services and Village Health Volunteer (VHV) Rebecca Jeffry.
Together the patrol team visited and conducted routine outpatient clinical activities including health awareness and promotion, antenatal clinics, Family Planning and Immunization to 12 villages (Temipen, Swetekin, Maropen, Drimskai, Giponai, Gibaretmin, Drimdamasuk, Tmansawena, Taropen, Runai, Kaiyangabip and Srike). Srike village along the P’Nang River was visited for the first time and a total of 45 children from 0 – 10 years of age received their dose of immunization for the first time and each received a health record clinic book to keep. The team also distributed a total of 293 mosquito bednets during the patrols at the different villages. The bednets were donated by ExxonMobil to the health service providers during the World Malaria Day on the 25th April 2018. The patrol team also conducted school medicals at Temipen Elementary School immunizing 19 students for Tetanus.
Words of appreciation were received from the villagers as the team moved from one village to the next during their patrols. The communities also acknowledged and were thankful for the bednets that were donated by ExxonMobil as well and enquired if another clinical patrol be conducted before the end of the year.
NFHSDP is funded by Ok Tedi Mining Limited, managed by Ok Tedi Development Foundation and implemented by Abt Associates.