FIJI EMIGRE DOCTORS WANT TO RETURN HOME

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SUVA, Fiji (February 10, 1998 - PACNEWS/Ioane)---Fiji's Minister of Health, Leo Smith, says many doctors of Indian ethnicity who migrated abroad after the 1987 military coups have applied to re-enter government service.

Smith said 60 local doctors resigned from government service between 1987 and 1996, and the majority of them have applied to return to their former jobs with the Department of Health, the Daily Post reports.

Applications have been received from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States of America, he noted.

The government is interested in rehiring former Fiji government doctors, Smith said, because they understand the country's culture, language and medical system, and they have proven to be good doctors.

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