7 Feb 2013

American doctors see huge demand for services on remote Marshall islands

7:34 pm on 7 February 2013

Visits to six remote atolls in the Marshall Islands over the past week by a team of American doctors has produced large turnouts of people seeking services.

A visit to Wotje Atoll by the Flying Doctors of America produced such a high demand for services that the medical team ran out of supplies.

Dr Allan Gathercoal says they had taken twice what they thought they would need yet still ran out.

The experience at other atolls has been similar.

In addition to the outer island visits, the American doctors have been busy at Majuro Hospital performing surgeries and providing other patient services.

Dr Gathercoal says the longer-term aim is to establish an agreement for US medical doctors to be based at Majuro Hospital on a rotating basis.