20 Jul 2005

American Samoa House votes to give half a million to hospital

8:35 pm on 20 July 2005

The American Samoan House of Representatives has voted unanimously to approve a bill giving LBJ hospital half a million US dollars to buy medicine.

When the new session began last week, Senators complained that representatives were dragging their feet on the bill at a time when the hospital was badly in need of funds and the health of residents was being threatened.

Representatives felt the complaints were unfair as a new session had just started and they were equally as concerned about the situation as the hospital as senators.

The money for the hospital will come from leftover funds of

the Hurricane Val insurance settlement.

The bill goes into effect immediately after being signed by the governor.