Health care promise for Savai’i

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GROUND BREAKING: Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama (far left) with chiefs from Satupaitea, Palauli le Falefa and Palauli i Sisifo break ground for the construction of the hospital.

GROUND BREAKING: Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama (far left) with chiefs from Satupaitea, Palauli le Falefa and Palauli i Sisifo break ground for the construction of the hospital.

Over fifty thousand residents from three electoral constituencies will have access to medical care and services once the new Satupaitea District Hospital officially opens its doors, a year from now.

It follows the official ground breaking ceremony held there yesterday morning.

The Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Talalelei Tuitama, praised the vision to resurrect medical services through the Satupaitea District Hospital, which will benefit residents from the three electoral constituencies.

 “Decentralizing crucial medical care to our people in the rural and isolated areas remain a top priority for government,” he said.

“Government is not deaf to calls from your Members of Parliament for doctors to get out of their comfort zones and go out to the district hospitals to consult and treat patients.”

“The merge bringing together the Ministry and Health Services together will address that issue and many more vital ingredients for better deliverance of health services to our people.

Satupaitea’s M.P. Lautafi Fio Purcell (right).
Satupaitea’s M.P. Lautafi Fio Purcell (right).
Director General of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri.
Director General of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri.

“Rest assured that government is doing everything it can to deliver its health mandate so that everyone receives quality medical care.” Director General of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri echoed his support noting that the partnership between the community and government plays a leading role in realizing the health needs of the people.

“The Ministry will do what it can to facilitate your calls for improve health care,” said Leausa.  “Health is a universal responsibility and a priority that will not be undermined despite our limited resources because it’s about saving lives.”

Palauli le Falefa and Palauli I Sisifo and Satupaitea constituencies are 150% behind the revival of the District Hospital which closed down some 50 years ago due to its vulnerable locations to natural disasters including rising sea levels.

Funding for the first phase of the Satupaitea District Hospital is providing by the Government of Japan from a grant of close to US$120,000.

The task now for the new district hospital to become a reality is shouldered by Satupaitea MP and Minister of Public Enterprises, Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell and his Associated Minister Tufaasisina Misa Risati. (Pictured above.)

Cabinet Ministers and Associate Ministers were on hand to witness the ground breaking ceremony.

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