FIJI TO RECRUIT 300 OVERSEAS DOCTORS

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SUVA (July 15,1997 - PACNEWS)---Fiji's Minister of Health, Leo Smith, says Fiji will recruit 300 overseas doctors to address an acute shortage of qualified physicians. Most will come from Nigeria, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand.

The first 50 doctors, he noted, are expected to arrive within a month.

Smith made the announcement while answering questions at a health center in Natewa Village in Cakaudrove Province.

Natewa villagers had complained about the shortage of medical personnel, particularly doctors, in rural areas They claimed that in urgent cases, where a doctor's service was required, villagers had to pay as much as US$70 to transport the ill to the province's main hospital at Savusavu.

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