The dry weather is continuing into the fifth week.Mingende Rural Hospital in Chimbu Province is threatening to shut its operations due to having a poor water supply system.The hospital’s acting director of nursing services Peter Kelly told Loop news that all rain water catchment tanks had run out, leaving the patients and staff in dire need of water.Kelly says most of the operations of the hospital are dependent on a good water supply system and without it they couldn’t do much.”The water supply system in this hospital has been an ongoing issue and none of the past and present MPs have ever attempted to fix it,” says Kelly.PNGLoop understands that the Sir Joseph Nombri hospital in Kundiawa has already scaled down its operations.Many schools in Jiwaka Province are already sending children home as early as 1pm, allowing them to go to nearby shrinking creeks and rivers to bathe and fetch clean water for drinking, washing and cooking.
We’re at the end of 2016. It was a year of legislative fights over the budget, taxes, the permanent fund and what the fiscal future path for Alaska should look like. It was also a year when Alaska tribes were given a path to put land into trust, and the residents of Barrow voted to change its name. A 7.1 earthquake shook up Southcentral residents and a lot of other big things happened. We’ll discuss them and look ahead to 2017.Listen NowHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Tim Bradner – Legislative Digest and Alaska Economic ReportDermot Cole – Alaska Dispatch NewsStatewide callers Participate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.