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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Solomon Islands' medical students are urged to return and serve the country after graduate.

Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon Clay Forau, has urged Solomon Islands medical students studying at the University of Papua New Guinea - Medical Faculty at Taurama Campus in Port Moresby and elsewhere to return to Solomon Islands at the end of their studies to serve the country.

“The cost of training a medical student at various overseas academic institutions is quite very high and such the country needs to benefit from their services and their expertise at the end of their studies,” Minister Forau told the students.

Mr. Forau made these comments during a meeting held with the medical students when he visited the Medical Faculty on Thursday16 November 2006.

He told the students that a good number of highly qualified and experienced Solomon Islands medical doctors have since left the country to work overseas which contributed to the decline in the number of qualified doctors working in the country.

He later briefed the students on the various developments in the country and efforts of the Solomon Islands Government to improve the Health services in the country.

After the meeting with the students, the Minister, accompanied by the Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, HE Mr Bernard Bata’anisia, toured the Medical Faculty campus at the University.

The Vice President of the Solomon Islands Students Association studying at the Medical Faculty thanked the Hon Minister for visiting the Campus and meeting with the students.

He said that despite the busy schedule of the Hon Minister, he was able to find time to meet with the students and brief them on the developments in the country. He later commended the efforts of the Government, particularly the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, in improving the Health and Medical services in the country.

Currently, there are more than 30 Solomon Islands students studying Medicine at the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby.

Source: Peoplefirst.

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