SAMOA HEALTH MINISTER WANTS DOCTORS TO RETURN HOME

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APIA, Samoa (March 12 1998 - PACNEWS)---To help alleviate a shortage of doctors, Samoa's Minister of Health, Misa Telefoni Retzlaff, is writing to Samoan doctors overseas --who earned MD degrees while studying under government scholarships-- to return home.

In a written statement, Misa said he is reminding them of the hardships faced by the health department because of the shortage of physicians.

The doctors have a moral obligation, he said, to return and serve the country that funded their schooling.

It costs the government an average $US 352,000 to educate a doctor at Otago University in New Zealand. Up to 15 Samoan doctors trained there in recent years have not returned to serve one day for their country, he noted.

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