Pisai Gumar; 1/9/08; (2 Items)
The death toll from influenza and dysentery in Menyamya district and cholera in Tewai-Siassi district of Morobe province has gone past 100 with fears that the figure could be higher as medical teams return to Lae today with updated figures. The worst affected mountainous area of Menyamya, in which the villages of Watama, Kataya, Wawaka, Akwanja and Ikumdi are located, is at the border of Morobe and Gulf provinces. So far, the medical teams there had tallied 102 deaths from the Lagai village, Tamoi, Zipa, Kaingye, Anzua, Awapango, Angaibu, and Akwange. In the village of Akwange, in which more than 27 people had died, about 200 villagers had been infected. At Kwaplalim village, no deaths were reported but 109 people were diagnosed and were admitted to the Kwaplalim health centre. Medical assistance was delivered since last Thursday by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Health Department with provincial officers who flew into the area.
Kainantu may grind to a halt
Zachery Per; 31/8/09
Basic services in Kainantu, Eastern Highlands, may grind to a complete halt due to a compensation demand which has starved the Highlands gateway of water. Health services at the Kainantu hospital, the Kainantu high and primary schools, government services and businesses have been affected. Last week, Highlands public servants threatened to walk off their jobs if the water shortage continues. The Kainantu district administration has tried many times to resolve the situation but to no avail. The landowners have been demanding compensation for the past 20 years and have now stopped the flow of water into Kainantu. Sources said the police station and hospital had already scaled down operations. Police officers took afternoon hours off to search for water at nearby streams and rivers.
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