AUSTRALIA GIVES SOLOMONS SI$3 MILLION IN MEDICAL SUPPLIES

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, April 22) - Solomon
Islands health authorities have welcomed the arrival of the first of three
consignments of much-needed medical supplies from Australia.

A consignment of medical kits, worth around $SI3 million, was
handed over last week by Australia's High Commissioner in Honiara, Bob Davis.

Authorities believe the arrival of the kits will enable health
centres around the country to meet their clinical obligations.

Ray Skinner, the director of Pharmacy and medical stores in
Honiara, says international medical assistance was sought after supplies were
seriously depleted.

"There were two reasons why stock went down so much in
2002," he said. "One was that insufficient money had been committed in
previous years to buying enough stock. The second reason is the stocks that we
did have were still not reaching the rural areas in the last few years,
especially in the time since the troubles there has been a big difficulty in
shipping stuff to every area on a regular basis and on time."

April 22, 2003

Radio Australia: http://abc.net.au/ra 

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