8 Nov 2005

Samoa says New Zealand surgeons' visit on hold

4:21 pm on 8 November 2005

Samoa's Chief Executive Officer for Health Palantina Toelupe says plans to get a medical team from New Zealand to Samoa have been put on hold.

The government said earlier that a 25 strong medical team from New Zealand was due to arrive later this year to conduct heart operations.

The initiative was planned in 2001 under a project funded by the World Bank and the government of Samoa.

But Palantina Toelupe says the public health service is still trying to cope with the ongoing doctors' strike.

She says there is no focus on getting New Zealand doctors to come over soon.

"We haven't firmed up the dates that was initially mentioned, but as of now it has been queried due to a number of factors, as you obviously know."

Palantina Toelupe.