AN URGENT NEED FOR DOCTORS IN SOLOMON ISLANDS

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (April 29, 1999 – Radio Australia)---The Solomon Islands Government says the Pacific nation urgently needs to employ foreign doctors.

Radio Australia correspondent George Atkin reports from the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara, the Solomons want to hire 25 medical practitioners:

"The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dickson Warakohia says the doctors are needed to work in the national referral hospital in Honiara and provincial hospitals."

"He says so far three of the wanted foreign doctors have arrived in the country and are being deployed to the national referral hospital in Honiara. But Mr. Warakohia says provincial authorities keep arriving at his office to demand the deployment of their (regions) new doctors."

"He says the country is desperate to have the foreign doctors who are to be engaged from New Zealand, Australia and Asian countries."

"He accuses the Public Service Commission of the Prime Minister's office of delaying the appointment of the doctors whom the ministry has already accepted. George Atkin, Honiara.

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