8 Aug 2005

American Samoan senate approves funds for cash strapped hospital

1:38 pm on 8 August 2005

The American Samoan senate has unanimously approved 2 million US dollars to cover the predicted financial shortfall at the LBJ Medical Center for the current financial year.

However, some senators are concerned with the number of measures currently pending and also ready signed into law to help the financially strapped government-owned hospital.

Last week, the governor gave final approval to half million dollars in funding to cover a medication shortage.

Two other measures are pending and last week the governor transmitted to the Fono for approval a 10 million US dollar loan for the hospital.

Senator Tulifua Lam Yuen has pushed the need for accountability saying too much money could lead to a misuse of funds.