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AGANA, Guam (September 18, 1997 - PIDP/CPIS)---Members of the Pacific Islands Health Officers Association now are meeting in Guam in efforts to improve regional disease surveillance communication and develop cooperative approaches to dealing with communicable disease outbreaks.

The conference participants, including representatives from the U.S. Pacific territories, Hawaii, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau, were welcomed Wednesday by Palau's Minister of Health Masao Ueda.

Among the keynote speakers was the FSM's Ben Jesse, Acting Administrator for the Division of Medical Care Services. Jesse spoke about Micronesia's approach to eliminating Hansen's disease in the federation's four states of Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohpei, and Yap.

The three-day meeting concludes Friday.

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