A much appreciated response to helping the Solomons Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

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DEAR EDITOR, following the quick intervention of the Prime Minister on becoming aware of the medical drug shortages affecting the National Referral Hospital and many clinics, the High Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand, together with the World Health Organization (WHO) equally speedily provided much needed life savings drugs by air last Saturday.

I express my appreciation to the Governments of Australia and New Zealand and to the WHO for the help rendered to the Solomon Islands.

I believe the same partnership approach is being taken by Australia, New Zealand and the WHO in possibly providing technical expertise to review MHMS stock levels and to advise on drug management systems so the MHMS might avoid drug shortages in the future.

Thanks, too, for this important technical assistance.

Yours sincerely

Frank Short