The North Fly District Health office in Kiunga, Western Province, has reopened after being closed down for nearly a decade, following a full renovation and an extension to the building.
The renovation and extension was carried out by the North Fly Health Services Development Program (NFHSDP) and supported by its counterpart program, the Community Mine Continuation Agreement (CMCA) Middle and South Fly Health Program (CMSFHP). Both programs are funded by Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) and Ok Tedi Development Foundation (OTDF) respectively, and are implemented by Abt JTA.
NFHSDP started renovations on the run down building in September, which included interior and exterior work, relocation of the toilet facilities and new water and electrical works. The extension included a new conference room and a specific Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS office space, bringing the total cost of the works to PGK200,000.
The office was officially opened on 4 December 2015 by the North Fly District Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Robert Alphonse, in the presence of both programs and North Fly’s health service providers: North Fly District Health, Catholic Health Services (CHS), Evangelical Church of PNG (ECPNG) and the Kiunga Hospital staff.
Mr. Alphonse expressed that the building signifies the importance of health in the North Fly District and that it’s a way forward for community development. “This is the engine room, a place for proper planning, a building that will add value to our health programs in the district, so let’s utilize this infrastructure,” he stated.
The North Fly District Health Manager, John Lari, was also pleased with the work done on the building. “I want to extend my thank you to NFHSDP and CMSFHP and their implementing company Abt JTA, because this building will make our work easier and we will efficiently deliver our services. It will also be used for many things like trainings and meetings.”
The Program Manager for NFHSDP and CMSFHP, Kelly Kewa, also spoke at the opening where he expressed that both programs and the district’s health service providers are working together to achieve goals in service delivery through the improvement of health infrastructure in the North Fly.
“NFHSDP and CMSFHP have worked together with our partners, like the Provincial Government, North Fly District Health, CHS, ECPNG and others to deliver a lot of infrastructure projects like constructing TB wards, staff houses and renovations to health facilities,” Mr. Kewa explained.
“This building is now the focal point of the district’s health plans and in here coordination, communication and planning will occur,” he added.
He also added that North Fly District was the only district in Western Province to have a District Health Management Committee, despite the province having no Health Authority.
“Western Province does not yet have a Health Authority or provincial and district health boards, but in North Fly District we have had an implementation coordination committee which has proven to be very successful,” Mr. Kewa explained.
The newly renovated office will be used for such management and coordination meetings.
Mr. Kewa also thanked the great support from OTML and OTDF and to the NFHSDP Infrastructure Officer, Moses Anis, and his team for a tremendous job on the renovation work.