IT’S all smiles, dancing and feasting last week as Guadalcanal Premier Anthony Veke officially hands over Kusumba Rural Health Clinic to the people of Tangarare Ward, West Guadalcanal Constituency.
During the handing over ceremony at Kusumba, Mr Veke expressed his satisfaction in realising the project for the people of Kusumba.
“You have longed for this health facility for so long, there are people before us who planned on such idea but it never eventuate. I myself have attempted twice before completing this project. People have written about me on newspapers and on SIBC accusing me of eating the project’s money. The rest is history, today I stand with you all to celebrate this great achievement and prove all personal and political critics wrong. We made it,” Veke said.
A mother delivering speech on behalf of all women praised Veke for his leadership, vision and passion to see his people have such a lifesaving facility.
“If we all present here today were given chance to share our story, it will be same story of hardship, tears and suffering to access medical attention. It’s dangerous having to cross croc infested rivers, its bad during floodings and also the scorching sun having to walk long hours and stretches of kilometers to Tangarare Clinic,” she lamented.
“Hon Veke our leader, the people are proud of you, you recognise to the basic need of your people for health care. No one ever thinks a clinic could be build where we are standing now. You are the champion, you are the founder and you make things happen, you make things real for people and you touched the hearts of every individual present here today.”
“This RHC facility will continue to remind us of your leadership. You have won our hearts and minds. You might not realise it but all these smiling faces are celebrating your ideals, your vision, leadership and mission to make changes and impact development. If it’s not for you, who will build this for us? No one is capable like you,” she said.
Kusumba RHC shall be an extension of Tangarare Health Centre and looked after by Guadalcanal Province Health and Medical Authority and was funded by Guadalcanal Provincial government under the Provincial Capacity Development Fund (PCDF).