AMERICAN SAMOA’S LBJ HOSPITAL PERFORMS EMERGENCY DIALYSIS OPERATION,SAVES LIFE

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AMERICAN SAMOA NEWS Friday, October 8, 1999 Samoa News

AMERICAN SAMOA’S LBJ HOSPITAL PERFORMS EMERGENCY DIALYSIS OPERATION, SAVES LIFE

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (October 8, 1999 – Samoa News)---Medical history was made earlier this week when an emergency dialysis procedure was successfully performed on a 30-year-old female suffering from advanced kidney disease.

Such a procedure had never been performed locally and may have saved the woman’s life.

The patient had refused past recommendations that she undergo dialysis treatment.

Upon arriving at LBJ this past Monday, the patient underwent an immediate series of tests, which included a complete blood treatment.

 

DOE’S HIGH-SPEED INTERNET CONNECTIONS GO LIVE!

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (October 8, 1999 – Samoa News)---More than half the territory’s schools now have high-speed access to the Internet.

Without a lot of fanfare (or any at all), the e-Rate project went live last week to 27 schools, providing full-time, full-strength, full-speed access to the information superhighway.

The territory is being wired with fiber optic lines installed at federal expense (more than $3 million of federal expense so far, and the tally is still climbing by millions of dollars).

Even schools in Aunu‘u and the three islands of the Manu’a group will get on-line with high-speed links (using microwave relays).

According to DOE officials, there are 28 schools already connected, and 19 schools still to go. All public and private schools in the territory will get the link.

 

PELE CHUN AND MERCY POTOA’E CHOSEN BY ROTARY CLUB

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (October 8, 1999 – Samoa News)---Two local high school seniors were selected last Friday by the Pago Pago Rotary Club to spend four weeks next January as exchange students in Australia under the Club’s 1999-2000 Pacific Australia Cultural Exchange (PACE) program.

They are Pelenatete Flori Chun, a 17-year old senior from Fa‘asao High School, and Mercy Tali’ilagi Potoa‘e, a soon-to-be 17-year old senior from Tafuna High School.

Each local high school was asked by the Rotary Club to select a student and submit his or her name to the Club, which makes the final two selections after a direct interview with the nominees.

The program is limited to students 15-18 years old who must also be familiar with Samoan customs and traditions and be able to answer questions about our government in American Samoa.

The Pago Pago Rotary Club will pay all travel expenses for the two Samoan students to and from Australia.

 

DOUBLE-TEN DAY TO BE OBSERVED BY LOCAL TAIWANESE

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (October 8, 1999 – Samoa News)---Local Taiwanese residents from the Republic of China will celebrate the 88th birthday of their homeland today.

The Republic of China (not to be confused with the People’s Republic of China) celebrates its birthday on Sunday, October 10th: Double-Ten day.

Mr. Daniel K. Chang, the local representative for the Kaohsiung Fishermen’s Association, said he and his fellow Taiwanese residents will celebrate Double-Ten for the 29th time in American Samoa.

Mr. Chang said there are no big splashy celebrations in the Territory, such as their are in Taiwan, but KVZK-TV is expected to air a special program over the weekend.

 

FAMILY’S ROLE IS KEY TO TREATING THE MENTALLY ILL

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (October 8, 1999 – Samoa News)---No family is ever prepared enough to withstand the emotional toll at the onset of mental illness within its ranks, according to the staff at the Mental Health Clinic of the LBJ Tropical Medical Center.

And yet the family’s role in the treatment of mental illness cannot be under- or over-estimated, the Clinic staffers say, despite the sudden or gradual behavioral changes that can cause much pain and frustration and helplessness among family members.

The behavioral changes can include the sudden use of foul or abusive language, aggressive behavior and the destruction to family property (car or furniture, for example). All these add up to the actual removal of the mentally ill person, not always an easy "fe‘au" to do.

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