The Kukum clinic will be the first of three Honiara City Council clinics to open late starting early next year.
The hours at the Kukum clinic, which currently opens from 8am to 4:30pm, will extend to 10:30pm.
The city council passed a resolution in October allowing the Kukum, Mataniko and Rove clinics to open late, but Director of Nursing Harvest Miapule said logistical issues have made it difficult to launch the extended hours.
“The council has to get the trucks ready — one truck has problem with a spare part,” Mr Miapule said. “The earlier they can fix it, the better.”
The extended hours at the Kukum clinic will begin in January or February once health staff return to work after the holidays.
“We’ll see how things go before we open another two clinics,” Mr Miapule said.
Chairman of the HCC Health Division and Deputy Mayor Charles Aiwosuga said reasons for extending the hours of city clinics include meeting patient demand, addressing the increase of non-communicable diseases, and relieving the pressure on services at the National Referral Hospital.
By Fred Osifelo