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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, May 14) – The Buka General Hospital in the Autonomous Government of Bougainville has received a major boost in its medical supplies.

It is now ready to provide better health services to the public in Bougainville.

World Vision, a humanitarian organization, through its international medical assistance program in Canada through World Vision Pacific, donated the supplies to the hospital. The Buka General Hospital had previously received a similar container of medical supplies from World Vision.

The medical supplies are of basic medical drugs and antibiotics worth US$21,468 (PGK 64,400).

On hand to receive the supplies was Buka Hospital chief executive officer Dr Cyril Imako. Dr Imako received the supplies from World Vision Papua New Guinea technical officer Paul Bakoi. Administration officer Mark Kuraya, World Vision Accountant Richard Lyons and the staff of Buka hospital witnessed the handover.

At the ceremony, matron and president of the Bougainville Nurses Association, Rose Tsiroats - on behalf of all the staff - thanked World Vision for its "generous assistance in donating the medical supplies. We are very thankful to World Vision for their donation of medical supplies and equipment because with such, we can now provide efficient health services to the people," said Mrs. Tsiroats.

Buka hospital, like other public run hospitals in the country is short of medical supplies of even the basics.

May 15, 2006

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