Soldiers learn to deliver health aids during natural disaster

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TWENTY-TWO soldiers have completed a 16-day workshop to help them deal with health situations during natural disasters.

It was sponsored by the Australian Defence Force Malaria and Infectious Disease Institute.

PNG Defence Force Lieutenant-Colonel Boniface Aruma said the platoon supported relief work during disasters.

Australian Defence Force supervisor Sergeant Kenneth Breen told The National that the training was designed to give the officers the knowledge to do their job and skills to use the equipment provided.

“This workshop is focused on giving the trainees skills and knowledge to operate and maintain the equipment,” Breen said.

The equipment are for pest control, water disinfection, pesticides, non-chemical measures, mosquito spraying and basics of health.

Breen said “prevention is better than cure – therefore the knowledge and skills they obtain will help the officers to do their jobs accurately”.