14 Oct 2005

American Samoa's LBJ hospital identifies funding requirements for equipment

5:13 pm on 14 October 2005

LBJ Medical Center in American Samoa says it needs about 2.5 million US dollars over the next four fiscal year to fund the replacing of existing hospital equipment.

Hospital board chairman, Charles Warren has informed Governor Togiola Tulafono that LBJ management has identified numerous items of equipment that need to be replaced in the coming years, saying 2.5 million is needed for fiscal year 2006 to 2010.

Mr Warren said this is only to replace existing equipment that is becoming unserviceable and does not include new equipment to improve the level of service or quality at LBJ.

He said none of the equipment needs have been included in the existing Capital Improvement Project / Community Development Block Grant projects.

Therefore, Mr Warren said new sources of funding will be needed to be developed to meet the need