More than thirty White River Demons AFL players and Australians gathered in White River on Wednesday morning in a community blitz organised by the SIAFL to clean up the White River Health Clinic.
The clinic has been closed since the flash floods when more than half of the clinic’s medical supplies and pharmaceuticals were destroyed, including its cold chain storage.
Nearly all the Demons players live in the affected area and many are still staying at the Evacuation Centre at White River High.
For six hours, the White Demons and their Australian friends including the Australian High Commissioner shoveled nearly 200 bags of mud and put on a BBQ breakfast for the community.
The Clinic is hugely important to the White River community, as the focal point of primary healthcare in the area and its reopening will assist in combating possible disease outbreaks in coming weeks.
Pharmacy Officers from National Medical Stores (Ministry of Health and Medical Services) will do an assessment of the clinic over the next few days and restock the supplies that were lost.
Source: Press Release, Australian High Commission, Solomon Islands