GOVERNOR TABOI AWI YOTO
DARU - The shipping containers shown here are all loaded and ready for shipment to some of the most remote communities in Western Province.
They include materials for the Banisato village community health post.
The Baniso tribe is small, and comprises just one village of less than 200 people in the foothills of Mt Bosavi.
The village is remote and shares a common border with Hela, Western and Southern Highlands provinces.
It takes members of this isolated community two days of walking to reach the nearest health centre.
It’s two days to Mougulu in Western, two days to Muruma in Southern Highlands or two days to Walagu in Hela.
The Baniso people have become one of the forgotten communities.
There are so many isolated communities like this one throughout Western Province.
They’re in the queue, hoping for their share of the government services.
Unfortunately, as a government we have our own challenges that incapacitate us and prevent us reaching out.
We have seen the need, we have felt the pain and we have not forgotten, but we can only do as much with whatever is available and within our power to dispose.
For our district government team, the goal has not been about reaching populated communities for our own political mileage but about genuinely reaching the far flung communities with durable health infrastructure that will withstand the test of time.
We want to see projects that leave a lasting impression and as footprints of our term in office.
Most importantly we want to help restore basic services to our most remote communities who have been walking long distances especially for basic health and education.
So, for now, the five shipping containers are all health related prefabricated materials ready to be shipped then airfreighted to various project sites.
The material will be used to construct three permanent community health posts and three health centres for some of our remote communities as well as two dormitories for Rumginae School of Nursing.
Next in the pipeline, still being manufactured, are two dormitories for Kiunga Teachers College, 20 double classrooms for various community and primary schools, three more community health posts and three more health centres.