Medical doctors in private practice are being called in to help with the heavy workload shouldered by their colleagues in the public service from the measles epidemic.
The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi made the call when Cabinet met with frontline workers on Friday at the Ministry of Health conference room.
“Government, especially the sick, needs your help,” PM Tuilaepa appealed.
“You know already the state we are in without me having to tell you, come and work together with the doctors we have in the public service.”
The Prime Minister tried to fire up the private practitioners by working on their moral sense of duty.
He went as far as to remind them of their God given skills and must take responsibility with the blessings they have, to help the people who are in need.
The doctors were also made to remember that many of them were able to study medicine under Government scholarships support.
Tuilaepa and members of his Cabinet met with the frontline health workers to offer them encouragement and support for the hard work they are putting into the fight to control the measles epidemic.
It is close to 8 weeks since the measles epidemic was declared.
“Cabinet is being kept fully informed of the progress of the epidemic and the effort that is going into trying to bring it under control,” Tuilaepa addressed the workers.
He is aware that the infectious disease has spread to the rest of the country and that the blame is of close to 50 per cent of the population are not vaccinated against the virus.
He said the responsibility was with the parents and it is true in other countries as well.
Tuilaepa offered condolences to the families who have lost loved ones to the epidemic that has reminded him of the influenza outbreak in 1918.
The Government acknowledgement of the dedicated service by the front line workers also included the support by medical teams and medications from Australia and New Zealand in Samoa.
“We wanted to assure you all that we are all in this fight together.”