Earthquake relief & recoveryMedia release

“Arrival of medical supplies and equipment from corporate donations to boost recovery efforts of health services in earthquake affected provinces”


Delivery of critical medical supplies and equipment worth close to K900,000 for the Hela (HPHA) and Southern Highlands Provincial Health Authorities (SPHA) continued this month as part of the ongoing earthquake relief and recovery operations.
Facilitated by the Oil Search Foundation, deliveries included two twenty foot containers of medical supplies from the humanitarian aid organisation, MedShare, in partnership with American based Niugini Foundation. Distribution of these much needed supplies to rural areas is underway.
A Desktop Steriliser and Labour ward equipment funded by the Badili Club with medical drugs from Trade Link International are currently at the Oil Search Moro base for dispatch to HPHA.
Earthquake recovery packages with tools, seeds, fertilizer and tarps donated by Brian Bell customers have also arrived and are being prepared at Moro for distribution to affected communities.
With a Steamships cash donation OSF has purchased three Electrocardiograms and a Defibrillator that are due to arrive in the country later this month.
SHPHA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Joseph Birisi, was grateful for the continuous support from partners.
“It’s been a difficult last four months in terms of health services delivery particularly in rural areas following the February earthquake and subsequent tremors. These support from our corporate and development partners will go a long way in helping us restore health services and assist our communities get back to their normal lives”, said Dr Birisi.
OSF Executive Director, Stephanie Copus-Campbell, said the Foundation was committed to supporting earthquake recovery efforts and the delivery of these items.
“We will ensure these essential medical supplies and equipment are delivered and distributed in a timely manner to the Provincial Health Authorities. We are thankful to all those who generously donated money and equipment that we could help to get out,” said Ms Copus-Campbell.
The Foundation has distributed all cash donations and supplies including funding the costs of transportation and project management. Ms Copus-Campbell said that this means that 100% of donations go to the communities in need to help restore services and lives of all communities affected by the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the PNG Highlands on the 26 February, 2018.

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