Subject: UNMISET Daily Media Review 31 March 2005

UNMISET Daily Press Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Thursday, 31 March 2005

Timor-Leste to send workers to South Korea

Timor-Leste is set to send 200 workers to South Korea in its first-ever deal to supply labour to another country. Timor-Lesteís Vice Minister of Labour, Arsenio Bano, says the deal is good news for the countryís large number of unemployed people. Bano added that the Ministry of Labour and Solidarity has been lobbying Asian countries for two years to recruit Timorese workers. Itís not yet known what kind of work they will be doing. (ABC, AFP, Timor Post)

Government to use security forces in fight against Dengue

Police and defence forces are being drafted to assist authorities in Timor-Leste to combat a two-month Dengue fever epidemic, which has claimed the lives of more than 40 people, mainly children. According to Health Minister Rui Araķjo the involvement of the nationís security forces was one of the measures proposed by the National Commission for the Combat of Dengue, created yesterday by the government.

The new body consists of representatives of various government departments, but its activities will be carried out in partnership with non-governmental organizations and church bodies.

Improving Timor-Lesteís poor sanitation, a rife breeding ground for mosquitoes, will be a lynchpin in the fight against Dengue, said the Minister, noting that this strategy will also have a positive impact in reducing other infectious diseases, such as malaria. (Lusa, AFP)

American marines disappointed at condition of National Hospital

Visiting American marines providing medical assistance at the National Hospital in Dili have expressed concern about the condition of the hospital, in particular, the size and number of rooms. According to one of the marines, the number of patients requiring medical assistance at the hospital means that the rooms themselves should be larger. They also believe there should be separate rooms for different illnesses so that disease does not spread, particularly in the case of sick children. (STL)

Police and MPs receive certificates

President of the National Parliament, Francisco Guterres, and Portugalís Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Joao N. Ramos Pinto, presented Portuguese language certificates to 19 government servants in a ceremony yesterday. The certificates certify that the staff members, including five Members of Parliament and three members of the National Police force, have completed stage one of the three-month Portuguese language course run by the Institute Camoes. MP Joaquim Amaral, who received a certificate, said that he was very pleased to be able to enrich himself with knowledge of Portuguese, which is still considered a difficult language for this generation of Timorese. (STL, Timor Post)

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