PM SOGAVARE ATTENDS GROUND BREAKING OF HEALTH CENTRE AT KGVI
The Prime minister Manasseh Sogavare on Friday attended a ground breaking ceremony at the King George VI School to mark the occasion of the start of construction of a Health Centre gifted by the Indonesia government for the Pacific Games 2023.
The ground breaking ceremony symbolized the handover from the people and Government of Indonesia to the people and government of Solomon Islands of a complete prefabricated and fully equipped Poly Clinic equipped with Oximeters to stethoscopes, and beds to curtains worth USD 200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand US Dollars).
The clinic will be used as a Health Centre facility for the Pacific Games 2023 and at the games completion would be gifted to King George VI School.
At the ceremony the Prime minister took the opportunity to sincerely thank the people and government of Indonesia for the gifting of the Heath Clinic and PM Sogavare acknowledged Indonesia’s support towards the successful hosting of the Pacific Games 2023.
In attendance at the occasion at King George VI School was the Republic of Indonesia Ambassador to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands His Excellency Andriana Sutandy and the Solomon Islands Ambassador to Indonesia His Excellency Salana Kalu who was instrumental in the successful negotiation of the funding for the Health Clinic from Jakarta.
His Excellency Sutandy said the people and government of Indonesia were greatly honored to contribute at assisting the Health needs of the People of Solomon Islands especially after the COVID- 19 pandemic and adding that the Health of the People is of uttermost importance.
HE Sutandy also said that the Health needs of the people transcends other people’s opinion. He pointed out that despite adversity, if we work together we can transcend the difficulties.
The Government of the Republic of Indonesia provided funding towards the Health Centre in response to the COVID- 19 pandemic. Similar arrangement was made with other countries, of which Solomon Islands is one.
Under the auspices of the arrangement, Indonesia government saw fit in consultation with the Solomon Islands embassy to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which resulted in the agreement to fund the Health Centre.
A local Contractor Pro Design will oversee the construction the Clinic estimated to be complete around June Next Year.