Vules Epe Clinic in South Santo is now a Health Centre.
The Minister of Health, Jerome Ludvaune, visited the clinic Wednesday and made the declaration at a ceremony for the clinic to become a Health Centre.
At the same time he opened the new building that houses the rooms for services of the new health centre.
The Minister said the high population in the area, which is said to be in the region of 8,000 required that the clinic is upgraded to a health centre.
He acknowledged the partnership of the community whose members contributed manpower towards the construction of the health centre building and the aid donors such as the UNFPA.
The Minister of Health also paid tribute to the contribution of his predecessors whose work culminated with his opening of the new building and declaration of the new health centre for South Santo.
And also the contribution of the office of the Director General, George Taleo, who was also in the minister’s delegation visiting South Santo.
Finally, Minister Ludvaune acknowledged the services and commitment of the three nursing staff of the new health centre – Midwife Loretta Nasse, who heads the three-staff team that includes Registered Nurse Jillina Kamisel and Nurse Aid Ellena Kilet.
Vules Epe serves 15 large communities, smaller station, Tangoa and Araki island offshore islands, four primary schools, one secondary school and three church institutes – Talua, Navota Farm and Tyranus Mission Centre.
The new health centre will now be working closely with the office of the Sanma Provincial Health Manager, Peter Malisa in Luganville to upgrade the facilities of the centre.
Vules Epe clinic is one of the oldest health facilities in the area having opened in 1976 as a Presbyterian mission health facility.
The new health centre provides outpatient, maternity and delivery services, it has a dispensary, a pharmacy and a mother and child health (MCH) service.
Also present at the ceremony was the MP for Malo, Uri Warawara, First Political Advisor of the MoH, Steven Sau, Director General of MoH, George Taleo, Director of Curative Health, Dr. Willie Tokon, and a representative of the Director of Public Health, Jean-Jacque Rori.