CASH-STRAPPED HOSPITAL IN CHUUK GETS NEEDED SUPPLIES

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By Scott Radway Pacific Daily News

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (October 4, 2001 – Pacific Daily News)---A patient in Chuuk's hospital with a stomach ailment went a week without intravenous fluids because the supply ran out and the hospital had no money for more.

Officials from a nonprofit group sent cases of IVs there this week.

"They (hospital officials) told us, 'Our credit is just bad and no one will give it to us, unless we pay cash,'" said Shannon Murphy, co-executive director of the Ayuda Foundation, a local nonprofit group that frequently sends medical aid to islands in the region.

"I can't believe this could happen."

Fifty more cases of IVs, donated by the Navy, should be sent to Chuuk by Ayuda in the coming days, Murphy said.

Chuuk hospital Administrator Julie Muritok yesterday told the Pacific Daily News she is not sure why the shipments of IVs stopped coming, but the hospital had only a few IV bags that were kept in the emergency and operating rooms.

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