The Minister of Health, Jerome Ludvaune, currently on a visit to health facilities in Luganville, South Santo and Malo has declared Nabauk Aid Post a dispensary to serve an increasing population of 700 people.
The Minister, who is being accompanied on the visit by Member of Parliament for Malo Island, Uri Warawara, jointly laid a foundation stone for extension of the health facility after the declaration. He urged the chief of the village, Abraham Ingalal John, to extend the land area of the Nabauk dispensary to allow for the extension work to be able to take place.
Minster Ludvaune informed the chief and the people of Nabauk about the recent decision of the Charlot Salwai government to put Aid Post workers on the government payroll, a decision that is welcomed by the people throughout the country because the communities have been looking after paying the hardworking aid post workers up to now.
“It will take a while as the necessary documents are sorted out before the decision is made effective. In the meantime, I encourage you to help provide the names of your aid post workers so that they can be put into the government payroll.”
In his address at the occasion, the Director General of the Ministry of Health, George Taleo, said the health service is a priority of the Government.
He said the mandate of the Ministry of Health is twofold: 1) to build and look after the assets so that there are enough health facilities to serve the people, and 2) to make sure that sickness does not increase.
“The first doorstep of the health service of the government to the people is aid post,” DG Taleo added.
“It is the first place to get information and the first place to get medical help.”
He emphasized that the declaration of Nabauk aid post to dispensary means a partnership between government and the communities of the area who are to provide manpower work.
Nabauk Aid Post Worker Abel Karae serves seven communities of the Beleru/Nabauk area with a population of over 700 people.
The declaration made by the minister means that now the health facility in the near future will provide maternity service instead of pregnant women going to the Northern District Hospital in Luganville.