Yap News-June 7, 2002

Contributed by Bob Whitmore for Pacific Daily News

Job program open to 2002 graduates

YAP - The Summer Job Exploration Program has 65 slots available for 2002 high school graduates between the ages of 18 and 21. The jobs will focus on areas of development (tourism, fisheries and agriculture) and vocational trades (construction, mechanics, plumbing and electrical work). Applications are being processed at the Workforce Investment Act office. The program begins June 10, or as soon as all slots are filled. For information, call (691) 350-4519, 5271 or 2182.

Colposcope allows cervical cancer tests

Last month, Yap Hospital obtained a colposcope - a large binocular microscope -- that allows tests for cervical cancer to be conducted on Yap. Previously, tests had to be sent off island for evaluation. "The colposcope enables us to detect abnormal, precancerous cells that may develop into cervical cancer," said Naty Malgarsoh, a nurse practitioner, adding she hopes having the new machine at the hospital will encourage more local women to be tested. The colposcope cost about $8,000, said Dr. Victor Ngaden, hospital administrator.

Visiting medical team to hold clinics

A visiting medical team will hold clinics at various locations on Yap from June 12 to 19. Clinics are tentatively scheduled for June 12 and 13 at Gilman School, June 14 and 15 at Tomil Dispensary, and June 18 to 19 at Maap Elementary School. This is the second team led by Dr. Joy Anglea, who teaches at Harvest Baptist Bible Institute in Guam. The visiting team will join five other volunteers already on island. For information, call Pastor Joe Cannon at 350-2533 or 3147.