29 Aug 2002

Hospital crisis in American Samoa

7:15 pm on 29 August 2002

American Samoa's government-owned LBJ Medical Center has admitted that people are dying at the hospital because of the staff's insufficent professional knowledge.

This was admitted by the chairman of the board, Joe Pereira.

Mr Pereira also says the hospital recently raised its fees because the board needed to pay off its debts totalling 8-million US dollars.

He says the fees are also needed to help upgrade the 34-year old hospital and improve the quality of medical services.

The hospital has also confirmed that sometimes bodies are left lying outside in public view because the hospital morgue is full and there are no other mortuaries in the territory.