Grieving families of babies held at the TTM Hospital Mortuary are to be informed when they can collect their loved ones depending on when postmortem on the bodies are completed.
Families of reportedly 8 babies are eager to take their bodies home for burial.
The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, justified the delay as part of a necessary medical process to determine what the babies died of.
“These are the babies who died at their homes but not at the hospital,” he said.
“Remember there is an order that if the child is in critical condition then the family needs to bring them to the hospital.
“And because they died at the home a post mortem is needed to confirm why.”
Tuilaepa says the doctors want to confirm if the cause of death was from measles and not from another disease.
“Also the reason why the bodies of the 8 cannot be released is because we don’t have a pathologist, they have to be brought from overseas.
“So I have already contacted the Ministry of Health to get a pathologist from New Zealand urgently to do the post mortem.”
The PM says he didn’t know about the babies until the parents of one of the babies came to see him on Wednesday.
He has since been under pressure to release the bodies of the children to their families so they can be buried.
Newsline visited the family of one of the babies in Leauva’a for an interview however the family did not want to talk.
But one of the aunties for the baby that died said all they want is to give their baby a proper burial.
“She’s been in the mortuary for two weeks now and that is too long, hopefully the post mortem will be done this coming week so we can get our baby.”