8 Jun 2015

American Samoa dialysis unit reopens

10:54 am on 8 June 2015
Many patients who can't get a kidney transplant are forced onto dialysis.

Dialysis patient Photo: AFP

The Dialysis Unit at American Samoa's LBJ Hospital has reopened after a three-day closure.

A new supply of the Naturalyte Liquid Bicarbonate solution used in dialysis treatment, arrived on on Friday afternoon and the unit began treating patients as soon as the supplies were delivered from the airport to the hospital.

A recall by the solutions manufacturer resulted in the closure of the facility on Wednesday last week.

A military aircraft is scheduled to arrive today with the rest of the bicarb solution shipment.

The Dialysis Unit's manager says there have been no complaints or any reported incidents during the unit's closure.