Hospital morgue reopens after three months

The morgue at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital at Tuasivi, Savai’i reopened last Friday after it was closed for over three months.

This was confirmed by the Associate Minister of Health, Tofa Li’o Foleni, in an interview with the Samoa Observer.

He said problems with the morgue's air condition system forced the hospital management to close it for over four months. 

“I was informed that the morgue was closed for nearly four months, due to a problem with one of the air conditioning and so thankfully that they fixed it, and the people of Savai'i can use the services again."

The public used a private mortuary on Savai'i when the morgue closed.

“While the morgue was closed the people used services from a private mortuary which is Sefo Pa’u,” Tofa said.

A resident in Savai'i, Tavita Salei, has welcomed the reopening of the morgue on the island and said people had no choice but to use Sefo Pa'u during the morgue's closure. 

"During the time of the closing of the hospital morgue people had no choice but to use the services of the Sefo Pa'u morgue because that was the only mortuary available," he said. 

Comments have been sought from the Ministry of Health Director General, Leausa Take Naseri, who was not available to comment when contacted by this newspaper. 

According to his secretary he has a very busy schedule and will not be available for any interviews.

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