EXODUS OF FIJIAN DOCTORS BECAUSE OF POLITICAL INSTABILITY

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 2, 2001 – Radio Australia)---At least fifteen doctors have left Fiji because of the Pacific nation's political upheaval.

The Fiji General Practitioners' Association fears it could lose five more general practitioners by the end of the year.

Association secretary, Dr Abdul Wahid Khan, says most of the doctors have migrated to Australia or New Zealand, putting immense pressure on Fiji's health services.

 

FIJI DRUG STORES AFFECTED BY WITHDRAWAL OF MAJOR PHARMACEUTICAL SUPPLIER

SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 2, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Drug stores in Fiji are feeling the pinch with a major distributor of pharmaceutical products deciding to no longer supply the country.

The Australian drug wholesalers Fauldings, described by one pharmacist as a one-stop shop, has left drug stores looking for other sources of supply.

Radio Australia correspondent Ofa Kaukimoce reports from Suva.

"The drug wholesaler had told its customers that their operation in Fiji was now becoming financially not viable.

"A Suva pharmacist, Ilisono Kunivuwai, says local chemists now have no option but to look for other sources for drugs.

"Kunivuwai says the new drug suppliers that his pharmacy has contacted want money up front before supplying the drugs. The pharmacies now have to go through different companies to get different drugs.

"He adds that it's a hassle ordering drugs now since Fauldings had everything and they were efficient with their delivery.

"A few other pharmacies in Suva have indicated they are affected by the withdrawal of Fauldings but they are coping. Some of them are now ordering drugs from as far as Pakistan.

"Ofa Kaukimoce, Radio Australia, Suva."

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