HOSPITAL STAFF BACK AT WORK IN HONIARA

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (September 24, 2002 – Radio Australia)---The Solomon Islands main hospital is returning to normal after a two-week strike by doctors and nurses over the government's non-payment of their salaries.

Medical superintendent Dr. Aaron Oritaimae says most staff at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara are back at work after an agreement was reached with members of the Paramedical Association and the Solomon Islands Nursing Association.

Dr. Oritaimae is warning, though, that some problems, including drug shortages, are expected to continue for some time.

Also, he says it is likely that only emergency operations will be performed.

 

WATCH FOR WAVES, VILLAGERS WARNED AFTER SOLOMONS QUAKES

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (September 25, 2002 - SIBC/PINA Nius Online)---Villages in Solomon Islands coastal areas have been told to watch out for possible tsunami (tidal waves) following two earthquakes.

The earthquakes were felt at mid-morning and believed to be centered between Makira and Santa Cruz.

A seismological observer at the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Allison Papabatu, said because the quakes occurred at sea, it is possible they could generate tsunamis.

Two quakes were also felt on Makira yesterday afternoon.

For additional reports from the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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