Construction of the new aid post in the Umi community has been completed. The building is 11.1m x 8.4m including veranda. It has 6 rooms consisting of a pharmacy room, examination and treatment rooms, a nurse station, reception, toilet/shower and an inpatient room for emergency cases. The building is powered by solar panels and batteries, powering lighting as well as the vaccine refrigerator, and has a cold and hot water system installed.
The plans and detailed building specifications were prepared by Partner Housing and the structure built by Vision for Homes between March and July 2020, using local carpenters, with technical assistance from Partner Housing.
The project was jointly funded by Partner Housing and a community group based on the Shoalhaven district of the south coast of New South Wales.
Equipping and staffing the Aid Post
The Western Highland Provincial Health Authority (WHPHA) is currently equipping the aid post and will provide medical and pharmaceutical supplies on an ongoing basis. The WHPHA will also provide Community Health Workers to provide health care to the people of the Umi community and surrounding area.
The completed Aid Post
This what was replaced. The original building was not completed after the death of the former aid post worker and the structure fell into disrepair, to the point where it could not be repaired and completed – hence the need for a completely new building to house the aid post.