Saturday, 07 December, 2019


Babies worst affected as Samoa measles deaths rise to 32

In this November 2019 image from video masked children wait to get vaccinated at a health clinic in Apia Samoa In this November 2019 image from video masked children wait to get vaccinated at a health clinic in Apia Samoa
Patty Aguilar | 29 November, 2019, 17:57

According to the Samoan government, this effort has successfully vaccinated 33,085 individuals in Samoa.

The team flew out from Manchester Airport today and are expected to arrive in Samoa on Sunday.

All six were under four years old. Five days later a mass vaccination began - and since then more than 45,000 people have been immunised.

But it unquestionably is the Democratic Republic of Congo, a nation also scuffling with Ebola, that has seen the supreme measles outbreak.

Fears were raised about the MMR vaccination a year ago when two babies died within minutes of receiving the jab.

Now, Dr Wilson said almost every Samoan family was seeing the terrible outcome of not being vaccinated and attitudes were starting to shift.

"We are walking into them at the supermarket and seeing them come back with their siblings and they are doing so much better".

"It's really traumatic for them because they're seeing a lot of sadness and a lot of death".

New Zealand Red Cross has a long history of working closely with Red Cross National Societies in the Pacific through capacity building, knowledge sharing, pre-positioning of relief items and disaster response activities.

The illness is believed to have unfold from New Zealand, which suffered a measles outbreak in September.

"Also try to stay positive, send prayers and love because this isn't something that's going end soon - it will continue for some time yet".

"An Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) will work alongside Samoan health personnel to provide urgent care to critically ill patients, support vaccinations and develop public health messages", Senator Payne said.

Petousis-Harris said the epidemic had been exacerbated by a delay of more than four weeks between the first measles case and the declaration of a state of emergency.

New Zealand would also finance 100,000 more vaccines for measles and rubella, Peters added.

"This is a very hard time for Samoa, and our sympathies are with everyone affected", Mr Peters said.

August - Reports of measles in Samoa.

Samoa's authorities has declared a state of emergency on the island, closing faculties, banning kids from public locations and ordering everybody to have jabs.

Official government figures showed there had been one additional fatality since Tuesday, although the number of new measles cases climbed by 249 to 2,686 over the same period.

The ministry has vaccinated 24,000 people in both Upolu and Savaii since November 20.

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