FED UP PHYSICIAN RUNS FOR OFFICE IN NAURU

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, May 2) - One of Nauru's
two practicing medical doctors says he is running for office in the national
elections tomorrow to make sure the country's health crisis is addressed by the
incoming government.

Dr. Kieran Keke, representing a party demanding fresh leadership
for Nauru, claims he can do much more for Nauru's health system in parliament
than he can at its hospital.

Keke says he is constantly being asked by voters who will be
their doctor if he becomes a parliamentarian. He says Nauru's problem is not
doctors trying to politicians but politicians trying to be doctors.

Keke says the Nauru hospital is in disarray and staff morale is
at an all time low. This he says is because government ministers waste money
sending friends, family, voters and themselves to hospitals in Australia without
any doctor's referral.

He claims the government has ignored its own department while
running up huge bills at Australian hospitals. That is why the hospital is run
down, Keke said.

The roof leaks, the wards get flooded when it rains and the
toilets stink.

May 2, 2003

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

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