19 Jun 2007

Australia ups its aid support for Solomons' tsunami victims

2:11 pm on 19 June 2007

Australia is providing just over two million US dollars in additional assistance to Solomon Islands following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Western and Choiseul Provinces.

This brings Australia's total contribution to tsunami relief to more than five million US dollars.

AUSAID says the additional funds will go to the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health to assist with rehabilitation of health infrastructure.

The damage from the tsunami had a devastating impact on health infrastructure.

The aid agency says that of the 52 health clinics in the affected area, 15 need to be entirely rebuilt and 19 face substantial repairs.

As well a new health facility is required to replace Sasamunga hospital, and the Helena Goldie hospital in Munda needs urgent repairs.

In addition, many of the 300-plus Ministry of Health employees were displaced from their homes with more than 70 staff still living in makeshift camps in Gizo alone.