MY SAY : We Are Putting Up A Fight. Keep The Faith.

About the author:

Mataeliga Pio Sioa, Newsline Samoa newspaper editor. A veteran journalist in broadcast and print media.

  • Mass vaccination at Vaitele-uta - this is where the fight to control the epidemic since the state of emergency was declared.
    Mass vaccination at Vaitele-uta - this is where the fight to control the epidemic since the state of emergency was declared.

Everywhere you click on the main online news sites these past few days, the measles epidemic in Samoa sits right up there with the top events of the world.

We would prefer the massive publicity to be about the outbreak of fresh hopes for a safer environment from climate change, unfortunately, it is not.

Our Blue Pacific continent is in more troubles and one of its flagship islands is hoisting a warning red flag of poor health.

The rest of the fleet are likely to follow with Tonga and Fiji already tracking our lead.

This is our current status in the eyes of the global community regardless of how they react.

Right now that is the least of our worries. We have a population to vaccinate and must do it as quickly as possible.

Hopefully it will stop the virus from spreading the infectious disease.  We are the worst hit island in the region and that is not something to sing about.

We have to acknowledge with grateful neighbourly appreciation the helping hand we are getting from New Zealand and Australia.

The United Nations support through its related agencies like UNICEF and the WHO are behind us all the way.

The medical teams and vaccination medicines are decisive contributions to our fight to control the disease. 

We are the priority area in the drive to halt the disease from washing out in a rippling effect into our other island neighbours.

We know from our last epidemic update report that the measles is spreading. 

We are now beyond the one thousand mark of suspected measles cases.  Our official death figures so far are up from 16 to 20 most of them children.

The epidemic updates, however, are going to be eagerly awaited. 

We are in a state of emergency.  Since it was officially declared just under a week ago, it was followed by a mass vaccination campaign now just a few days old.

Emergency orders are in place for targeted groups most vulnerable to the virus to be fully vaccinated.

Public gatherings are discouraged with selected age groups ordered to stay away from being part of any congregation of people.

The urban township of Apia is rapidly turning into a ninja hangout with people wandering around with face masks.

Churches are adding their input by cancelling Sunday services in the case of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 

Other denominations are urging members to keep their children at home especially the sick ones.

The whole trend of events over the past few days, is all about mobilizing the whole country to a united prevention and protection campaign against the epidemic.

CEO Leausa Dr. Take Naseri and the staff of the Health Ministry will be thankful for the cavalry coming to the rescue. 

The service was under siege from the hundreds who were starting to pour into the hospitals for medical attention.

With those numbers surging in daily, it would have quickly taken its toll on the whole staff.

Under the state of emergency, new shoulders are now added to share the work load. 

Maybe now CEO Leausa and his health staff can afford to add a few more sleep hours to their resting routine.

Seriously though, we look forward to upcoming updates.  The statistics should give us some idea of how we are doing.

The next picture to emerge may not bring us the results we hoped for but the data can point our health people to where the focus should be.

Miracles do happen of course but lets plant our feet firmly on the ground and accept that these things take a while to bring results.

Still we won’t argue much if there is indeed a miracle.