22 Jul 2008

Sixteen delegates to Arts Festival already treated for ailments

4:44 am on 22 July 2008

Sixteen delegates to the Festival of Pacific Arts have been treated at a clininc in American Samoa, suffering from flu, diarrhea or minor injuries.

The Health Department's medical director Dr. Ivan Tuliau says there was only one acute case that was considered an emergency sitution and was

immediatly referred to the LBJ Medical Center, the only hospital in the territory.

The Tafuna clinic opened a 24-hour service last Friday night at the request of the 10th Festival of Pacific Arts Organizing Committee.

For the New Zealand delegation, the group's physician handled 20 cases, which Dr. Tuliau said were all minor cases.

Tuliau says health officials appreciate New Zealand's efforts to assist the local medical team by bringing their own physician as well as some of their

own medical supplies.