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Working Day Ends In Road Crash

The day did not end well for the two occupants of a small private car that crashed into the ditch at Fa’atoia yesterday.

The accident occurred next to the intersection at Fa’atoia and Leone around 5.00pm in the evening.

Bystanders reported that an elderly woman and her grown son were taken to the hospital for medical attention.

The car ended veered off the road and into the deep ditch onto its left side on the roadside.

Mother Shows Overwhelming Love For ‘Abandoned’ Babies

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

A loving mother and grandmother is organising a proper burial for the bodies of the two dead babies who were abandoned in separate incidents.

She has also taken it upon herself to give each one a name in a show of humanity she wholeheartedly believe are entitled to like any other human being.

Tsunami Disaster 10 Years Later

The tsunami of 29 September 2009 will be 10 years old in three weeks from today and the Aleipata district will once again commemorate the worst ever natural disaster for them. 

More than a 150 people were killed mostly from the Aleipata coastal villages where tsunami waves washed and drowned them out at sea.

The tsunami struck along the south east coast from Aleipata to as far as Falealili and Siumu.

Samoa able to expand dental services, thanks to University’s goodwill

The University of Otago is gifting dental chairs from its Faculty of Dentistry to the Samoan Ministry of Health to assist with dental care in the Pacific nation.

The gesture is due to the foresight of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Health Sciences, Professor Paul Brunton, after a recent trip to Samoa to visit Otago students on placement.

“I saw the condition of the equipment they were using and how this was restricting what they could do for patients,” Professor Brunton explains.

Spread Of NZ Measles Outbreak, Worry World Health Organisation 

Samoa with her close ties to New Zealand is on the frontline islands the World Health Organisation is "worried" about, at the potential for New Zealand's measles outbreak to be exported to Pacific countries.

The most recent count on the total number of measles cases in Auckland alone stood at 944, according to media reports from New Zealand.

Nationally, the figure has passed 1100, with officials saying it's expected to rise further before peaking in the next fortnight.

SVSG ‘Gift Of A Child’ Appeal To Mothers

The heartbreaking death of a new born baby at the Mulifanua Wharf, has brought an emotional appeal from the Samoa Victim Support Group, to mothers to treasure rather than abandoned the gift of a child.

“No child whether young, old or new born deserves to die at the hands of the parents due to negligence, pride or poverty,” a statement from the refuge at Tuanaimato entreated.

Better Drainage For Complaining Residents Of Vaisigano River Banks

Land Transport Authority (LTA) has promised an additional project to ensure the drainage system along the Vaisigano walls are in place during torrential weather.

Leone residents along the Vaisigano River banks have complained of  drainage system in place not helping  with the flooding, during heavy rainfall when the river rises.

  Loto Samasoni Bridge Not For Heavy Trucks

Heavy trucks are to be confined to the Lelata and Leone bridges with a new crossing of the Vaisigano River opening up between the two.

The Loto Samasoni Bridge currently under construction is not designed to take the weight of heavy trucks once it is opened for traffic next month, October.

Traffic flow is expected to be faster and quicker with the added crossing of the Vaisigano River for lighter vehicles.

Health Relief At Border Tightening On Dead Bodies

The Ministry of Health is breathing a little easier at the new policy for tighter border control on dead bodies brought into the country.

Now in place is a Government Repatriation Policy to guide overseas families sending bodies of loved ones for burial in Samoa.

Several instances have happened in recent years where bodies arrived without health clearance documents from the country of origin.

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