12 Jul 2012

Samoa family links hospital power cut to death

2:15 pm on 12 July 2012

The family of a man who is alleged to have died during a power failure at Samoa's Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital two weeks ago says the hospital is irresponsible.

The Samoa Observer reports that the Reverend Deacon Uikirifi Auelua died late last month after being admitted to the High Dependency Unit at Moto'otua after an asthma attack.

The Reverend Auelua's daughters say their father would still be alive if not for the power cut and they also say a shortage of oxygen tanks at the hospital that day was a contributing factor.

The general manager of Samoa's National Health Service, Leota Laki Sio, said they were investigating a death in relation to a power failure at the hospital, but has given no details.