April 21, 2014
The people of Kiriwina-‐Goodenough in the Milne Bay Province have a reason to smile with two brand new sea ambulances purchased by its MP Hon.
Douglas Tomuriesa from PNG Marine Works Ltd, a subsidiary of Freeway Motors in Port Moresby. One of the two sea ambulances was tested this morning at Lancron Naval Base down town raising eyebrows with its loud siren at the Naval Base that onlookers along the harbour. Hon. Douglas Tomuriesa was so excited about the purchase, and said the sea ambulances would improve health service delivery to both the people of Kiriwina-‐ Goodenough including outer atolls who had missed out on health service delivery in the last 38 years. He said Health Sea Transport was overseen with the use of 40 horsepower boats that totalled 14 hours in transporting sick patients from the Trobriand Islands to Alotau, however added that the purchase of the two sea ambulance boats the total number in travelling hours would be reduced to less than six.
The MP also thanked the current Government and its support with the purchase of the two sea ambulance boats and singled out the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to have supported their plight with improving health services in Milne Bay Province. PNG Marine Works Ltd CEO Teddy Tasion said that the company was much obliged in purchasing the two sea ambulance boats on behalf the people of Kiriwina-‐ Goodenough District, adding; “The boats will contribute significantly to the improvement of health service delivery in the district, especially the use of sea transport. He further stressed that PNG Marine Works Ltd was also eager to assist MPs, Government Departments, Agencies and NGOs with affordable and more efficient sea ambulance boats for districts and provinces nationwide. Member for Kiriwina-‐Goodenough, Hon. Douglas Tomuriesa assured his people in delivering much needed services to his electorate, and was very determined in improving the state of health service delivery for his electorate.
The two Sea Ambulance boats purchased are powered by two 250 Mercury horsepower engines, with cruising speeds up to 30 knots. The boats were fully fitted with items and accessories a modern sea ambulance boat had such as a GPS system, cabin hood and all necessary equipment. “I am very proud to be part of this achievement and would personally like to thank PNG Marine Services Ltd for purchasing these two boats on behalf of the people of Kiriwina-‐Goodenough, an emphatic Tomuriesa expressed.
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