KIRIBATI HEALTH RELATED PROBLEMS ON THE RISE

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TARAWA, Kiribati (September 9, 1998 - PACNEWS/Amy)---Kiribati medical officials have identified two major public health related issues, which they say need to be addressed by residents of the Micronesian country.

Director of Public Health Dr. Airam Metai said teenage sex, which often results in unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, and caring for an increasingly aging population are Kiribati's most immediate health related concerns.

In his report, Dr. Metai urged volunteers and peer groups to help distribute information to 15 to 19-year-olds in an effort to educate and prevent sexually related problems.

He also suggested that I-Kiribati families learn about the diseases, disabilities and needs of old age so they can better prepare themselves and their relatives for the future.

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