New European Union Ambassador to Samoa was at first sad to see his designated country suffer the measles epidemic but happy to be of help.
HE Sujiro Seam told the local media of the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism that made it possible to reach out a helping hand to Samoa.
“I’m happy to see that the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism was activated which allow us to support the medical teams that was sent from France and Norway to assist during this crisis.”
The team from Norway traveled from the continent whereas France was represented by a medical team sent from French Polynesia.
“The EU is very far away and health is not our primary goal but as good friends for Samoa and good partner at the time,” he said.
“When we heard the news of this terrible outbreak of this measles we activated our European Civil Protection Mechanism which allows us to channel through the World Health Organization medical assistance.
“And this medical assistance came in the form of medical teams sent from French Polynesia and from Norway.
“I think the Norwegians are still on the ground so I hope I can visit with them before I can depart to get their own assessment of the situation.”
“I think the French medical teams are 10 strong and the Norwegians medical teams are 20 strong and they are mainly emergency medical teams with specialization on pediatrics because most of the affected people during the crisis are children.”
The ambassador presented his credentials to the Head of State, His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II this week.