17 Mar 2012

Samoa MPs to raise funds for extension of government district hospital

10:16 am on 17 March 2012

Three government MPs in Samoa will soon travel overseas to raise money to fund the extension of Safotu district hospital on Savaii island.

The MPs have decided not to rely on government funding because other district hospitals in the country are awaiting government financial assistance for renovations.

One of the MPs, the speaker, La'auli Leuatea Polataivao, says MPs should consider looking for other ways to help the government budget.

The Safotu district hospital serves people living in nearly ten villages from Manase to A'opo.

However the speaker says the new hospital constructed with public funds three years ago has only three rooms for patients who have been admitted.

But he says there is an increase in the number of sick people seeking medical care at the district hospital.

The project is estimated to cost around 150 thousand US dollars.

The fundraising will be held in New Zealand in two months time.