There are not enough doctors at the Belau National Hospital to fully accommodate patients, confirmed Minister Dr. Emais Roberts, in response to community complaints of poor services at the Belau National Hospital, especially on weekends when only Emergency Room is open for service.
“I admit, Belau National Hospital does not have enough doctors and this contributes to few doctors available to see patients, especially on weekends,” added Minister Roberts.
Minister Roberts attributed lack of doctors to high turnover of off-island doctors as well as high number of retiring local medical practitioners.
“Many of our local doctors are retiring or reaching retirement age and we do not have enough local doctors to replace them,” stated Roberts.
One solution expected to alleviate the problem is to have the Cuban-trained Palauan doctors return home to fill the demand for doctors.
In the meantime, Minister Roberts have approached Palauan doctors currently working in different medical fields in the United States to see if they can come home but so far, no one has agreed to come.