The Prime Minister and Member for Ialibu-Pangia, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has thanked the Government of India for its ongoing commitment to development and advancing rural healthcare in Papua New Guinea.
PM O’Neill expressed his appreciation at after India’s High Commissioner, H.E. Shri Nagendra Kumar Saxena, presented the gift of an ambulance to the Ialibu-Pangia District.
“We are receiving support from India in districts around the country and this is part of the ongoing commitment to healthcare development,” the Prime Minister said.
“This ambulance will save lives in the Southern Highlands and our people thank the High Commissioner for his work to enhance rural healthcare.
“This is part of support from India that we are seeing around the nation.”
Prime Minister O’Neill said India’s engagement has been enhanced through recent years following the visit to Papua New Guinea by the President of India, H.E. Shri Pranab Mukherjee, last year, and PM O’Neill’s meetings with India’s Prime Minister, H.E. Narendra Modi, in 2015.
“India is also providing support including skills development programs in areas where they have global expertise such as information technology, agriculture, and human resource management.
“More than 600 Papua New Guineans are increasing their skills through development programs and this is delivering real benefits for our people.”
In receiving the ambulance the Prime Minister congratulated the work of administrative staff in the Southern Highlands.
“I congratulate officials in Ilabu-Pangia for their work to secure this ambulance for the district, and I urge district authorities around the nation to make representation through the Government to foreign partners where they have a need for support.”