1 Aug 2011

American Samoa to ask Samoa PM for doctors

10:33 am on 1 August 2011

An American Samoa senator, Galeai Tu'ufuli, will ask Samoa's government for assistance with at least three doctors to temporarily staff two main units at the LBJ hospital.

The hospital in Pago Pago is facing a critical shortage of doctors especially specialized physicians.

LBJ is unable to fill these positions due to the low pay scale in the territory compared to high salaries in the U.S.

Galeai says he will put the request to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi when he meets him next week in Apia.

He says he has made contact with Tuilaepa's office after obtaining confirmation from the LBJ hospital of the dire need for physicians.

He says once Tuilaepa gives the green light then he will turn over the matter to the hospital board of director and management to iron out the details of salaries and home allowance.

Galeai, who chairs the Senate Health Committee, says these are just some of the things that American Samoa can work together with its neighboring brothers in Samoa.