Construction works to repair and upgrade the cyclone-damaged Kerebei Dispensary in Maewo and Ranmawot Dispensary in south Pentecost will start soon now that the contracts have been signed.

Vanmau Construction will restore existing buildings which include staff houses and build new facilities to accommodate the upgrade of Ranmawot Dispensary to a health centre, at a cost of Vt57 million.

It will cost another Vt57 million for New Vision Construction to also do renovation and build new facilities at the Kerebei Health Centre.

Construction funds are given by the Australian Government.

The main reason behind expanding Kerebei Health Centre is so that it could serve an increased population, for example, accommodating patients from nearby Ambae Island during emergencies and crisis.

Representatives from the two local construction companies put pens to paper with the Minister of Health, Silas Bule, to formalize the contract agreements yesterday.

Minister Bule urged the companies to complete the works in time and they agreed to deliver as expected.

The repair and upgrade of these two health centers are part of the government’s ongoing recovery programme.

So far, around Vt300 million has been spent by the government, through the MoH, to finance the restoration of cyclone damaged health facilities throughout the country.

The contract agreement for the restoration of Avunatari Health Centre in Malo and Tasmalum Health Center in Santo is expected after Kerebei and Ranmawot.

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