Exxon restoring healthcare in PNG highlands

EXXONMobil is helping with assessments and providing logistical support to health workers in the communities near their Hides gas conditioning plant in Papua New Guinea, along with delivering supplies and medical kits.
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Staff Reporter

Several of the health centres surrounding the Hides plant were damaged or displaced during the earthquake, according to ExxonMobil PNG managing director Andrew Barry.
The company is continuing to deliver food, water and tarpaulins as well as hygiene kits across the Highlands, including Kutubu in the Southern Highlands, Hulia, Tari, Hayapuga and Komo in Hela Province, and Huiya in Western Province.
So far it has delivered more than 20 tonnes of food and water, more than 200 tarpaulins and 35 hygiene kits, in addition to logistical support for relief agencies and health workers.
Exxon is also planning to support the reestablishment of food gardens in a number of its project area communities with its partners from the ANU Enterprise. 
Barry said the re-establishment of food supplies, like healthcare, would be crucial in the coming weeks and months.
"Our ANUE partners have indicated they will be looking to get back into the field shortly to help address the critical need to re-establish food gardens in communities near our facilities," Barry said. 
ANUE plans to issue some 2500 families with quick-growing corn seed that can be harvested within 100 days of planting, and the purchase and distribution of vegetative cuttings for longer-term staples such as sweet potato and cassava.
ANUE project manager Owen Hughes said they had been working with ExxonMobil PNG and communities in the Hides area since operations began in 2014, to address food security, vulnerabilities and income generation.
"To support the restoration of communities recovering from the earthquake, our teams are currently preparing to get into the field to assist them with initial planting materials so that they will be able to grow their own food again," Hughes said.
ANUE will also be providing garden tools for people to cultivate their gardens again.


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