By Staff Writer
A private nursing clinic is taking a defiant stance to reassure the public that it is providing a legitimate service that included measles vaccination.
The Agape JAL Nurse-Led Clinic issued a public statement on the services that are offered as registered nurses with a combined working experience of more than 9 decades.
The Director General of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, confirmed in a press conference, an investigation into the clinic for the ‘administration of measles vaccinations without a formal agreement with the Ministry of Health.
Circumstance surrounding the clinics services and the operations without authorization and the procurement of the vaccines are the leading concerns under investigations, according to the statement.
The statement did not mention the name of the clinic except that it was “operated by two registered nurses and a mid-wife who are former employees with the previous National Health Services ( NHS).
CEO Leausa reminded in the statement that “the order issued last week discontinuing the administration of measles vaccines to the public by any private clinic without proper authorization from the MOH is stull in effect.”
The owners of the Agape JAL Nurse-Led Clinic, responded to the statement from the Ministry of Health with this letter circulated to Newsline Samoa.
“We June Scanlan, Latama Asovale Peteru and Alamoeaia Taaseu professional Nursing & Midwifery healthcare providers for the Agape JAL Nurse-Led Clinic hereby issue the following assurance.
We are Registered Nurses with over 90 years of nursing experience combined in the Public Health System and we are qualified to practice our profession in the public or private sector under the laws of Samoa and we commenced our private practice from 24th August 2019 well before the measles outbreak. Providing vaccinations is one of the basic duties that a registered nurse in Samoa can administer and this is one of the professional nursing services we are qualified to provide.
We assure the public and our clients that we had administered vaccinations to in the past three weeks that the vaccinations we provided met the current standards and protocols of both the Ministry of Health and UNICEF. Our clinic met and will continue to meet the universal standards and protocols for storage and administering vaccinations.
We wish to correct the misinformation that we have charged our clients for the vaccination. We are a private clinic and like any other medical/nursing service operating privately we do charge a consultation fee which in our case is $30 for any client that comes in for consultation whether it relates to vaccination or other nursing and midwifery need that we offer a service for. The vaccination is provided for free.
We also assure the public that our clinic is open to provide all professional nursing and midwifery services and have not been shut down for failure to meet any requirement relating to the provision of professional nursing services and we look forward to providing services to the public who need them and choose to obtain them from our clinic.”