VILLAGERS living near the Fauabu Rural Health Centre in West Kwara’ae, Malaita Province have are now feeling the pinch of walking long distances to access health services.
This is after the Anglican run centre experienced shortage of medicine.
One of the villagers told The Solomon Star they have to walk to Dala clinic or referred to Kilu’ufi hospital in Auki for treatment because of the problem.
The villager said the church or even the national government need to step in and address the problem.
“It is costly to travel to Auki. People need this centre to resume operations as soon as possible.”
The clinic’s secretary, Nelson Ata, who is based in Auki, said he’s not aware of any medicine shortage at the clinic.
He said if there is shortage of medicines, the nurses will get them from Kilu’ufi hospital.
“The clinic is well supported by Anglican church and government, which provided staff and medicines.”
Fauambu was used as a Nursing Training Programme but that ended in 1978 and was transformed to an Area Health Centre by Malaita Medical Services.
By EDDIE OSIFELO