MEMBER of Parliament (MP) for VATUD Constituency has struck a deal with the Temotu provincial health authority to improve health services within the constituency.
MP Freda Tuki Soriacomua met with the health officials fortnight ago before going on a constituency tour.
During the meeting with the health authority in Lata, she asked for their help to improve area health centres in her constituency.
She said, the constituency will align its health plans with the province to improve health services in VATUD.
“I would like to assure you Temotu provincial government that I will be working closely with you to improve health services within my constituency.
“As female MP for VATUD, I see health sector as one of my priority areas for my people within my constituency because my constituency is located in the cyclone zone and therefore by sealing this deal with you should help VATUD constituency and provincial government to work together rebuild each damaged clinics within VATUD,” Ms Soriacomua said.
She pointed out one of the difficulties within the constituency is accessing health services due to its geographical setting.
“Therefore this deal is to ensure we could find ways to help my people who suffer every year from disaster and the lack of access to proper health services.”
She said, during disaster time, people from the constituency cannot travel to Lata to access health services.
“Therefore I ‘m requesting the provincial government to work closely with VATUD constituency to build proper health clinics on each of this islands to ensure people living on these islands can access proper health services in good and bad times especially during disaster time,” she said.
The MP said, she stands ready to support the Temotu provincial health department should they need help to carry out health improvement projects in VATUD.
Director of Nursing in Temotu Provincial Government Augustine Bilve thanked the MP for being the first ever MP in Temotu province to seal a deal with the Temotu provincial government.
“This is the first ever MP in Temotu provincial government who has come to discuss issues and offers to help the provincial government address some health issues in Temotu provincial government.”
He said, there are total of 18 rural clinics in Temotu that need financial help from government and MPs in order to improve health services to the rural people.
“We are indeed happy about her plan to improve rural health services in the province. Therefore, I would like to assure her office the provincial health division will work closely with her to improve health services in her constituency and this province for the benefit of our rural people in the remote area island of Temotu province,” Mr Bilve said.
By DENVER NEWTER