28 Nov 2018

American Samoa's only hospital at full capacity

2:21 pm on 28 November 2018

American Samoa's only hospital needs more beds for patients as its paediatric, medical and surgical wards are at full capacity, executive director Faumuina John Faumuina says.

RNZ Pacific's correspondent in Pago Pago, Monica Miller, said Faumuina had met with Cabinet on the issue.

The hospital is having to bring in beds from the maternity ward, which is experiencing a decline in patients, Ms Miller said.

"The hospital is full. There are no empty beds. This is a 150-bed facility," she said.

"(Faumuina) says they don't have enough beds in many of the wards. What they are having to do is bring in more beds from the maternity ward."

The hospital was full with patients that have illnesses such as pneumonia, heart disease and high blood pressure, Ms Miller said.

Faumuina also told Cabinet some of the beds were more than 50 years old and falling apart.

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