The former Director General of the Ministry of Health, Palanitina Tupuimatagi Toelupe, is back.
This time, she is the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Services (N.H.S).
The appointment has been endorsed by Cabinet. Mrs. Toelupe takes over from former General Manager, Leota Laki Sio who stepped down to contest the General Election.
Speaking to the Sunday Samoan, Mrs. Toelupe said she was grateful and is humbled to be chosen to lead the National Health Services.
“I’m delighted and extremely grateful but I know the role is not easy. It comes with lots of challenges,” she said.
“I was with the Ministry of Health for nine years and I’m looking forward to contributing to the development of Samoa through this Service and making a difference.”
Mrs. Toelupe said she was grateful to the government and the N.H.S Board for having faith in her ability to perform the role.
Mrs. Toelupe served as Director General of the Ministry of Health from February 2005 to February 2014.
Her appointment as C.E.O. of N.H.S. was officially announced on 4 May 2016 and she will start on Monday. Mrs. Toelupe has two sons and is a proud grandmother of three young boys.