Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Murwillumbah Medicos Help Solomon Island Get a Hospital

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Murwillumbah Medicos Help Solomon Island Get a Hospital

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MURWILLUMBAH doctor Chris Miller and two of his colleagues are planning to build a hospital in the desperately poor island of Makira, part of the Solomon Islands.

When Dr Miller was director of the Health and Medical Services in the country's western Choisuel province, close to Bougainville, in 2003 and 2004 he didn't see most of the ethnic violence that was tearing the pacific nation apart.

He did, however, see a health system chronically underfunded.

aThey really do a very good job with very little resources,a Dr Miller said. aThe doctors and nurses there do a remarkable job of doing what they can with the money they've got.a

When he returned a few years later with his wife to the island of Makira, he saw the condition of the local hospital that had been deprived of funding for years due to government corruption and ethnic strife.

It was so dilapidated that there is no use staffing it. Indeed, Honiara, with a population of 78,000, is forced to wash and re-use bandages. …

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