27 Jul 2005

CEO of American Samoa's hospital welcomes support of senate president

3:20 pm on 27 July 2005

The chief executive officer of American Samoa's LBJ hospital, John Faumuina, is welcoming news that the senate is moving to resolve its cash flow crisis.

But, there's uncertainty as to when the territory's only hospital, which has accumulated debts of 15 million U.S. dollars, will actually see any funding.

The senate president, Lolo Letalu Moliga, plans to introduce legislation this week to earmark 2 million U.S. dollars from the Hurricane Val account for the territory's only hospital.

This follows the legislature approving a 500,000 dollar appropriation for LBJ to buy medicine which was submitted to the governor for his approval last week.

Mr Faumuina says they do not know when the governor will sign the appropriation.

"How soon that will be, I'm not too certain about that but I also welcome that half a million dollars to help us purchase medications. That will certainly alleviate the shortage problems that we have been encountering."

Mr Faumuina says they are still able to purchase medicines on a weekly basis but the extra funding would allow them to order monthly.