21 Oct 2004

America Samoa governor promises improvements to Manu'a health care

4:19 pm on 21 October 2004

The governor of American Samoa, Togiola Tulafono, is promising to improve the Manu'a Islands health care system if he is re-elected in November's election.

Togiola's administration has been criticised for ignoring the health needs of the people of Manu'a, by both lawmakers and the residents of Manu'a themselves.

Togiola says he recognises the need to upgrade facilities and has promised a new fully-staffed medical clinic which could accommodate hospital patients.

He says sufficient drugs and medical supplies need to be brought in to the island.

And he said he would offer housing, travel expenses and compensation to trained staff to work on the island.