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Tuesday, September 14, 1999
PINA Nius Online

TUBERCULOSIS SURFACES IN FRENCH POLYNESIAN HOSPITAL

PAPE‘ETE, French Polynesia (September 14, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)---Tuberculosis cases have been identified in a Pape‘ete hospital's pediatric ward, RFO-radio reports.

The Public Health Department has announced that it will examine the last 300 children who were admitted to the ward, because the contaminated person is believed to be a nurse.

"Tuberculosis is not completely eradicated from the Territory. We believe among 100,000 inhabitants, there are still about 50 TB cases. And in a hospital like this one, we get a case or two each year. This is the risk of being a nurse, because they have very frequent contacts with infected persons," a pediatrician said.

"There will be a toll-free phone number that parents of all those children who have been involved with our pediatric service can call. They'll get advice on what to do and who to contact," the medical source said.

PRO-INDEPENDENCE OSCAR TEMARU CALLS ON FRENCH POLYNESIANS TO PRAY FOR EAST TIMOR

PAPE‘ETE, French Polynesia (September 14, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)---Pro-independence Tavini Party leader Oscar Temaru has called on French Polynesians to pray for the people of East Timor, RFO-radio reports.

Temaru has asked "all Polynesians by birth or by heart" to express "distress and our deep sorrow for the exiled people of East Timor, who are walking towards independence.

"These are our brothers, because our Mahoi roots go deep into the past and embrace these thousands of islands, part of which is Indonesia."

TWO THREE-STAR HOTELS OPEN IN FRENCH POLYNESIA

PAPE‘ETE, French Polynesia (September 14, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)---Two three-star hotels opened last weekend in French Polynesia's Marquesas Islands (northeast of here), aiming to cater to nature-loving tourists, RFO-radio reports.

The Société Financière Hôtelière Polynésienne (SFHP) company, which owns the resorts, Kekaha Nui and Hamake'e, invested just over one billion French Pacific Francs (US$ 10 million).

"We're convinced the Marquesas have a very bright future for tourism, because of the beauty of their landscapes. We were lucky enough to find sites with breathtaking views", SFHP Chairman Christian Vernaudon said.

"What's more, we have people here who are really kind, and youth who are looking for jobs. They're qualified. So our staff is 100% locally recruited," he added.

This bulletin was produced by the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA). Editor: Patrick Antoine Decloitre For more information, contact Nina Ratulele, PINA Administrator, at pina@is.com.fj

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