A rural health clinic striving to give compassionate health care

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DEAR EDITOR, as I have a keen interest, often expressed in my letters, to drawing attention to rural health care in the Solomon Islands, I was very pleased to read an article in the Island Sun newspaper today, Wednesday, of a private health clinic in rural Guadalcanal fulfilling what I believe is compassionate health care.

The article referred to the Sape Private Medical Clinic and I will quote a précis of the article.

The clinic’s owner, Dr Paul Boswai Popora, who comes from Sape village in North Guadalcanal, reportedly told the Island Sun’s staff reporter, that the clinic is striving to improve the health care of people in the rural areas. He was quoted as saying, “We offer free medical care to the elderly and those with disabilities so they too can access quality health care we provide.”

Dr Popora was also quoted as saying that some of the community services they provide are the provision of small scholarships for disadvantaged families and individuals, free and discounted consultations for groups, 50 percent discounts for non-communicable diseases and free consultations for cancer patients.

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The full story can be found in the Island Sun newspaper.

I express my profound gratitude to Dr Popora for aiding the rural community with providing essential health care in such and understanding, caring and compassionate way.

Yours sincerely

FRANK SHORT

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