22 Jun 2009

Solomons capital to shortly reopen upgraded Vura clinic

1:55 pm on 22 June 2009

The re-opening of a health clinic in Honiara later this month will represent a milestone in efforts to repair the ailing health system of the Solomon Islands capital.

The clerk of Honiara City Council Wayne Hart says the Vura Clinic is one of nine around the city being repaired after two decades of neglect by previous councils.

"When I first came to this clinic it would bring tears to your eyes. There was broken glass, there was wiring hanging out that was completely eaten out by white ants, flooring. It was just unsatisfactory to be a health clinic."

Wayne Hart says the council was dysfunctional during this time and failed to carry out any maintenance on its public health clinics.

He says the upgrading of clinics is part of a wider project to improve the functioning of the council and the services it provides to 1-hundred-thousand residents.

The programme has been funded by a one-million dollar contribution from NZAID in the past year, and is being managed by the Commonwealth Local Government Forum.