SOLOMON ISLANDS GOVERNMENT’S PHARMACEUTICAL DEBT HIGH

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SOLOMON ISLANDS GOVERNMENT’S PHARMACEUTICAL DEBT HIGH

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (April 27, 2002 – Radio Australia)---The Solomon Islands government’s debt to three pharmaceutical companies overseas remains at about US$ 1 million.

And medical pharmacy director Anna Chow has confirmed that the debt keeps increasing because some companies are adding up to 24 percent interest on some debts.

She said most of the debts go back to 1999 - 2000.

Current medical supplies have been paid for, she said, but it takes time to bring them into the country because of transshipment delays, causing shortages of medical supplies in some clinics and hospitals.

The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation announced that a new stock of medical supplies was scheduled to arrive in Honiara Friday.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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