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    The people of Albion, Nebraska, U.S.A., have been looking for doctors to settle in their?

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    The people of Albion, Nebraska, U.S.A., have been looking for doctors to settle in their community for the past eighteen months. There is only one doctor to serve the whole county.

    But now their problem looks like begin resolved with an unexpected solution. Four Vietnamese doctors and their families, who are living in Camp Pendleton refugee camp in California, have been signed up to settle in Albion.

    It was only eleven days ago that a Nebraskan Senator suggested that Vietnamese doctors from the refugee camp might solve Albion's doctor shortage, and now volunteers are working late into the night to prepare the homes for the doctors. The residents of the town - including the one and only doctor, Dr. Charles Sweet - are apparently looking forward to the prospect.

    The town clinic was about to close because the elderly doctor who ran it died recently. Across the street there is Albion's hospital, but only Dr. Sweet to man it. He is thirty-three years old and came to Albion four years ago. Now he is the doctor for all of one county and parts of seven others.

    Because of the shortage of doctors in many parts of Nebraska, a team of medical officials from the State has been staying at Camp Pendleton, and they have already signed up 28 Vietnamese doctors. Sponsors have been found, and papers signed. But their departure from the Camp is still being delayed by the red tape of immigration processing.

    Another cause of irritation to a large number of the other eighteen thousand refugees in the Camp, is the lack of Buddhist monks. The United States Army's Chaplain Corps has had no difficulty in providing Protestant and Catholic priests for the Christian refugee population, but only one part-time contract has been signed with a monk from Los Angles for providing a service for the Buddhist refugees.

    The Only other Buddhist monk is Pit Can Wa, who comes from San Diego and who offered to work voluntarily at the Camp full - time. The Camp authorities seem complacent about the situation, and this has angered Pit Can Wa. In vietnam the struggle between Buddhists and Christians is an old one, but now the refugees are seeing the same problem occur in Camp Pendleton. What appears to be ??? staffing shortage to the Army, looks like something much more serious to the Buddhist refugees.

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