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Pacific gout levels at all time high | Pacific Beat | ABC Radio Australia


In New Zealand, the rate of the disease is two to three times higher for Pacific and Maori peoples than it is for those of European descent.

via Pacific gout levels at all time high | Pacific Beat | ABC Radio Australia.

Spotlight on political appointments in Health


Natatok president and Efate Rural MP Alfred Carlot , yesterday slammed political appointments in the Ministry of Health (MoH)and criticised the sluggish role by the Public Service Commission (PSC) to interfere and correct the situation.

MP Carlot, presenting his statement in the course of the 2nd Ordinary Parliament session of 2013 in Parliament, said politicians find they can interfere in the administration of the MoH because of their personal interests.

via Spotlight on political appointments in Health | Vanuatu Daily Post.

NZ asked to ease access for Tahiti medivac patients


The New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully, says he will discuss with the health minister if the charges for French Polynesians seeking medical help in New Zealand could be reconsidered.

Tahitinews says this follows a meeting in Papeete between Mr McCully and the French Polynesian government during which the French Polynesian health minister, Beatrice Chansin, asked if the charges being levied for medical evacuations could be reviewed.

via NZ asked to ease access for Tahiti medivac patients.

5 at Untalan Middle test positive for TB


Five people from Untalan Middle School tested positive after a screening for tuberculosis.

On Friday, 129 students, staff and teachers were tested by the Department of Public Health and Social Services.

The testing was done after an Untalan teacher died of TB on Nov. 9. The teacher’s name hasn’t been made public.

via 5 at Untalan Middle test positive for TB | Pacific Daily News | guampdn.com.

Shocking statistics revealed by student surveys


The Two Samoa’s health summit on the challenges faced by non-communicable diseases revealed alarming data regarding students in high school and elementary school who are smoking, drinking and using drugs. Data regarding sexual behavior, diet and physical activity was also revealed as a result of the latest survey, taken in February and March this year for students in American Samoa. All surveys conducted were answered anonymously.

via Shocking statistics revealed by student surveys | Samoa News.

Concern in Marshall Islands over progress on health and education


The latest report from the US Congress’ audit agency has concluded that both the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia have failed to show any progress towards health and education goals.

via Concern in Marshall Islands over progress on health and education | Pacific Beat | ABC Radio Australia.

Australian Volunteer Surgeons to Visit Western Province


A visiting Australian volunteer surgical team will spend two weeks in Western Province later this month providing free consultations and treatment for people with medical or general surgical conditions.

via Australian Volunteer Surgeons to Visit Western Province – Solomon Times Online.

E Coli suspected of causing baby’s death in LBJ Nursery


All babies born after August 20, 2013, who are brought to the LBJ Medical Center Emergency Room should be admitted and Chief of Pediatric Services, Dr. James Marrone should be contacted immediately, according to a notice currently posted inside the Emergency Room.

via E Coli suspected of causing baby’s death in LBJ Nursery | Samoa News.

Nauru’s crippled health service slowly rebuilding


Last month an electrical fault caused a fire destroying the administrative and radiology facilities at the country’s only hospital.

According to Nauru’s health minister, Valdon Dowiyogo, a new X-ray and ultrasound machine will be shipped from Sydney tomorrow while the new design plans for the building should be finalised in the next two weeks.

via Nauru’s crippled health service slowly rebuilding | Pacific Beat | ABC Radio Australia.

Girl seeks bone marrow donor: 16-year-old lost brother to same type of cancer


Alyssa Paulino, 16, thought she would save her brother Steven Roy Camacho, Jr., 11, from a rare form of cancer as his bone marrow donor.

Now, she’s calling for the public’s help to find a bone marrow donor of her own — she’s been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, the same illness that took her brother’s life.

via Girl seeks bone marrow donor: 16-year-old lost brother to same type of cancer | Pacific Daily News | guampdn.com.