13 Jul 2015

Doctor and ward shortage at American Samoa hospital

3:33 pm on 13 July 2015

There's a severe doctor shortage in clinics and wards for general medicine at the LBJ Hospital in American Samoa.

LBJ hospital, American Samoa

LBJ hospital, American Samoa Photo: RNZI

One doctor collapsed on the job last week after working extended hours without rest.

Another is taking leave that was long planned.

This leaves just two doctors on duty in the Medical Ward and Clinic.

Late last week Governor Lolo Moliga met with management of the hospital and the Department of Health to discuss the doctor shortage.

As a result of that meeting, the Community Health Center in Tafuna will be kept open longer.

The center which is usually opened from 8 am to four pm will now open into the evening.

The public is being urged to used this clinic and the others at Leone and Amouli while the hospital doctor shortage continues.