BY SAMIE WAIKORI
MALUâU Area Health Centre in North Malaita now offers dental health services.
This follows the opening of its dental facility this week.
The facility was officially handed over on Wednesday by MP for North Malaita constituency to the Director of Malaita Provincial Health Service, Dr Rex Maukera.
Speaking during handover, Mr Maukera acknowledged the Australian friends and North Malaita constituency for co-funding the facility.
âInitially, I understand that the dental caravan was donated to MHMS through our Australian friend.
âWith few that had arrived, the ministry through the dental department allocated one to the province and particularly to Maluâu AHC,â he said.
Maukera said from there the caravan was transported to Maluâu by MP for North Malaita Senley Lewi Filualea and constructed a building for the facility.
He thanked MP Filualea and his constituency office for serving their people and seeing the importance of health service.
Maukera said the establishment of the dental clinic at Maluâu AHC is a relief and advantage to support dental services to more than 50,000 people within the northern region.
He said Maluâu AHC is categorised as AHC 2, this mean Maluâu should have basic additional services like dental, x-ray, laboratory services and doctors to provide the services.
âHowever, we are faced with many challenges like finance, human resources, accommodation and equipment to support all these services to Maluâu.
âBut seeing this dental services added to the AHC current service, I am so happy to see the fulfillment of the Role Delineation Policy and Universal Health Coverage taking shape in Maluâu AHC,â Maukera said.
On that note, he stressed the importance of partnership efforts rendered to the completion of the dental facility that clearly portrayed the slogan âhealth is everyoneâs businessâ .
Maukera called on the management of Maluâu AHC to care for the facility as his office will allocate staff to look after the dental service at Maluâu AHC.