22 Jan 2016

Medical supply shipment to American Samoa hospital

8:27 am on 22 January 2016

American Samoa's LBJ Hospital officials say a shipment of medical supplies will not completely solve the shortage it is facing.

The hospital has had a shortage of dressing supplies, and other basic supplies such as gloves and gauzepads had run out.

Officials, speaking on the condition on anonymity, say the hospital took a delivery of a 40 foot container of medical supplies last week.

Our correspondent says because of the hospital's cash flow problem, vendors which have not been paid have refused to send medical supplies unless they are paid cash upfront.

The governor's executive assistant, Iulogologo Joseph Pereira, says a 1.5 million US dollar payment for the hospital has been processed, and LBJ should have now received this money.

LBJ hospital, American Samoa

LBJ hospital, American Samoa Photo: RNZI