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Oil Search gives earth quake relief support to Hela PHA staff

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Photo: Oil Search Managing Director, Peter Botten and Oil Search Foundation Executive Director  Stephanie Copus-Campbell presenting a relief pack to a staff from Hela Provincial Health Authority.

Oil Search Foundation, in partnership with Oil Search, have distributed emergency relief kits to staff of the Hela Provincial Hospital and district health facilities.

These staff had selflessly put aside their own needs to ensure much needed health services continued after last month’s 7.5 magnitude earth quake.

The kits, a total of 300, contained basic food items (10 k bags of rice, tinned beef and milo), soap, washing powder, blankets, tarpaulins, solar lights and K10 mobile phone top-up cards.

In a ceremony to present the kits on Thursday, Dr James Kintwa, Chief Executive Officer of the Hela Provincial Health Authority (HPHA), thanked Oil Search

and the Foundation for continuing the tremendous relief efforts that started straight after the earth quake struck.

“The people of the Province have gone through so much. Thank you for supporting both the PHA and the people of the Hela throughout this difficult time,” Dr Kintwa said.

Speaking at the ceremony, Managing Director for Oil Search and Chairman of the HPHA, Peter Botten, acknowledged the bravery and efforts of staff for continuing to provide health services despite being affected by the earth quake themselves.

“Your professionalism and dedication is a shining light to the whole of Papua New Guinea and to the health sector of this

country,” Mr Botten said.

Relief for HPHA staff will also include trauma counselling and two weeks off work to recuperate and join their families in recovering from effects of the earth quake.

Oil Search Foundation is funding trauma counselling and in partnership with the Australian government and HPHA is facilitating relieve arrangements for health workers.

Preparations are underway for nurses and doctors from the Port Moresby General Hospital and Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority to travel to relieve Hela PHA staff and trauma counsellors from the local NGO, Femili PNG are already in Tari.



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