31 Aug 2009

Call for investigation in American Samoa into health study

6:20 am on 31 August 2009

A call has been made in American Samoa's Senate for an investigation into the spending of funds which the territory received for a study on health insurance coverage for residents.

Senator Velega Savali said its been several years since the study was conducted and until now the Fono has not been given an update on how the study funds should be used.

He said nearly a million dollars was spent on the study and it seems to have been quietly swept away without any report on the outcome.

He said the LBJ Hospital needs help and perhaps the study can help provide some relief.

Velega asked the Chairman of the Health and LBJ Committee Senator Galeai Tuufuli to call in those who conducted the study to be questioned about their work.

Earlier this year, American Samoa's US Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin also questioned the results of the health insurance study on coverage for All American Samoa.