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Samoa doctors now able to receive online help

January 10, 2019 7:50 am
Samoa's Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi [Source: radionz]

Samoa’s Prime Minister says with reliable access to high speed internet, local doctors are now in a position to perform surgical procedures under the guidance of overseas-based specialists.

Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi says his government has worked hard at ensuring improved internet access with the introduction of Tui Samoa Cable and has also recently signed on to the Manatua Cable.

He says this should allow doctors to perform operations while being guided over the internet.

The PM says the Health Ministry has signed agreements with Indian health service providers with the expertise to perform operations and local doctors will receive training.

Samoa currently spends over $US2.3 million a year on sending patients to New Zealand for treatment they can’t receive on the island.