Bureau of Health Administration and Support Services Director Darnelle Worswick told the Times that the implementation of the India-backed project that is worth $1.5-million to renovate Palau’s dispensaries will start August 26.

Through the India grant, six out of the nine community health centers in Palau will be renovated.

Worswick said that community health centers in Ngarchelong, Melekeok, Ngaremlengui, Angaur, Peleliu, and the central community health center will be the focused of the first phase of the project.

UNOPS Project Manager Thomas Blaich, who is from Austria, is also currently in Palau and will be working here for a two-year contract to implement the project.

Worswick said that they aim to complete the project by 2020.

The upgrading of existing community health centers in Palau will be administered by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. previously signed on May 1 the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the implementation of the project. It is said to be UNOPS’s first project in Micronesia. (By Rhealyn C. Pojas)