Accessibility to affordable and effective health care service is a basic Right of every Samoan.
That is what Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi said about the opening of a new hospital at Satupaitea in the previous week, in Savaii.
Tuilaepa emphasized that the goal is to ensure good health for the people of Samoa and that means having better and convenient access to healthcare treatment and hospital services.
“We committed to doing everything (we) can possibly do, to ensure every Samoan is provided with the highest level of health care they need and deserve.”
“Of course, as we are all aware, a healthy population will lead to a higher standard of living, more prosperity and peaceful coexistence,” he added.
It was only the official opening of phase one of the multifaceted plan by government for a standardized hospital to cater to three districts in Savai’I, including Palauli, Staupaitea and Palauli le Falefa.
“It is anticipated that following completion of phase two, more services will be available and gradually open up the facility to district hospital status,” he said.
At the moment there are five medical centres and hospital services in Savai’I including the main branch in Tuasivi.
Tuilaepa says more is needed to cater to the big island.
“The people of these districts and indeed all the people of south western Savaii will gradually no longer need to travel to Tuasivi for their health issues but come to this magnificent facility for all their health concerns,” he said.
The project is worth $530,000 tala and $330,000 tala was a gift from the people of Japan. The balance of 200,000 was contributed by the people of the three districts through land clearance, preparation, as well as earth fill and sand.