Solomon Islands are among some of the Pacific countries that are unlikely to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDG) four and five by 2015.

MDG four and five aims to reduce child mortality by two-thirds and improve maternal health by reducing maternal mortality by three-quarters by 2015.

Speaking at the opening of the 9th Pacific Health Ministers Meeting yesterday, World Health Organisation Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr Shin Young-Soo said the Pacific Islands are unlikely to achieve the two MDGs.

He said Solomon Islands are unfortunately progressing below par.

The health minister Charles Sigoto said Solomon Islands has faced many challenges on the MDGs.

He admitted that the Solomon Islands have a lot to do and assured that the Ministry is working on that.

UNICEF estimates in 2010 indicated that the Solomon Islands has only achieved less than 50 percent of the target level of MDG four and five.