By Staff Writer
The Ministry of Health is making enquiries into the chances of a legal order under the national state of emergency proclamation, to overrule the parents wish to take their children out from the hospital for outside treatment.
CEO Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, confirmed the enquiries to the Office of the Attorney General, if it is legally possible.
Leausa said too often parents who take their children out of hospital for traditional treatment, make last minute rush to the hospital when it was already too late to save the child’s life.
“When the parents want to take their children out of the hospital for traditional treatment, all we can do is make them sign a declaration document that they are doing so against medical advice,” Leausa said.
He noted several cases since the measles epidemic started when that has happened.
The emotional toll is heavy not just on the parents but the medical staff as well when it is too late for them to save the child.
Leausa is anxious to have something done as soon as possible with the declared state of emergency now in its final week.
The hospital medicine versus traditional treatment is a long standing issue that has remained a debate that always ends with the same heartbreaking results when a last gasp rush is make to the hospital when all hopes are lost.
A new twist is added since the measles epidemic started with an anti-vaccination group of people decrying the use of vaccines as treatment.
The rights of parents to make decisions for their children has become another thorny of debate currently raging online.