Minister presents ambulance to Gerehu Hospital

The Minister for Public Enterprises and Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, today presented a
new ambulance to St John’s Hospital at Gerehu.

The ambulance was paid for out of his DSIP funds, and is the final major DSIP project for the five years since he
was re-elected in 2007.

“This ambulance will be a very valuable addition to the services that St John’s provides,” he said.

“It will enable the hospital to transport patients – especially very sick people to Port Moresby General Hospital.

“St John’s does a wonderful job for the people of Gerehu, but sometimes urgent specialist care is needed at Port
Moresby General.

“This vehicle will allow them to do that, and I hope that it is able to save many lives in future.”
The ambulance, a Toyota HiLux is worth K135,000 and is fully equipped.

Other major DSIP projects over the past five years have included:

    • Three police vehicles for Waigani, Gerehu and Hohola. These vehicles, which are already in service, are valued at K261,000.
    • Maintenance and re-sealing of 15 roads across the electorate, valued at K7.2 million. These works have been ongoing since the 2007 election
    • Construction of concrete footpaths across the electorate, valued at K4.5 million. These works have also been ongoing since the 2007 election.
    • School classroom and grounds maintenance, valued at K2 million. These projects have also been ongoing since the 2007 election.

Sir Mekere said all DSIP projects have been carried out in consultation with the people of his electorate and
through the Joint District Planning and Budget Priorities Committee.

“I am very happy to have been able to carry out these projects,” he said. “I hope they make life for my
constituents a little bit better.

“I am proud to have served the people of Moresby North-West as their local Member, as Prime Minister and now
as the Minister for Public Enterprises.

“My decision not to seek re-election does not mean that I will forget Moresby North-West.

“My party has put up a worthy candidate in prominent lawyer Loani Henao, and I ask voters to support him.

“I will certainly be doing so, because I know that he has the people’s interests at heart.”


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