1 Mar 2007

American Samoa's LBJ Medical Centre buys badly needed new equipment

11:17 am on 1 March 2007

The Chair of the board of American Samoa's LBJ Medical Centre says the hospial is to spend more than $2 million on new equipment.

The announcement by board chairman,Charles Warren comes after last week's complaints from a member of staff about the age and condition of the hospital's EKG machines for heart patients.

Mr Warren says the board has been pushing LBJ's administration to begin making critical equipment purchases and the Equipment Committee has finally submitted a list of equipment they feel is needed right away.

He says the list includes new patient beds, dental chairs, heart ultrasound and x-ray machines, gurneys and electronic patient monitors, a new anesthesia system, and new operating tables.

Mr Warren says the backlog of needed equipment totals over $10 million and the Centre will purchase more equipment as funds become available.