22 Apr 2003

Taiwan gives Solomon Islands a half a million US dollar grant to rebuild health services

1:08 pm on 22 April 2003

A 5-hundred thousand US dollar grant from Taiwan will be used to rebuild Solomon Island's shattered primary health services.

The Health Minister, Benjamin Una says the funds will be used to restore primary health services in the rural and urban areas.

Primary health services had been badly affected by the ethnic conflict in 2000 and the subsequent financial crisis resulting in an acute shortage of drugs in hospitals and clinics nationwide.

Mr Una says health care deliveries will improve because of the funds from Taiwan.

He also acknowledges health assistance from Australia, the World Health Organisation, Japan, the European Union and New Zealand.

Mr Una says Taiwan has also provided basic medicines for hospitals and clinics.