An opposition MP in Samoa, Levaopolo Talatonu, has called on the government
and the Ministy of Health to consider immediate action to improve medical
health services for Savaii island following the death of a mother and her
unborn child at Tuasivi hospital last week.
The pregnant mother according to the MP was rushed to the main hospital on
Savaii for delivery but there was no doctor to perform a caesarian operation
to save the unborn baby.
A doctor was arranged to travel from the national hospital in Apia but the
woman died before the arrival of the doctor.
A former HRPP cabinet minister and one of the independent MPs, Palusalue
Faapo II, says the government should provide a good pay package for a
permanent doctor to work in Savaii to avoid further embarrassment of the
country's medical service as well as to save more lives.