Measles

Dear Oh Dear…. finger pointing doesn’t matter anymore

The NZ media carried a story about a suspected measles case on a flight from Apia to Auckland, who unknowingly exposed the passengers to the infectious disease.

After a quick glancing read a thought suddenly jumped up.  What’s the big deal?

 If all these people are getting off in Auckland, what’s one person compared to 2000 confirmed cases of measles waiting for these travellers to arrive?

 In the end they will be exposed to the virus one way or another. 

Manumalo Baptist Principal Defends  School Graduation a ree3

The Manumalo Baptist Primary School and Kindergarten has defended the holding of the end of year school graduation yesterday, despite the threat of the measles epidemic.

The Ministry of Education Sports and Culture, MESC, called on all schools, public and private, to hold off from having students graduations for health protections.

The Leone village based primary school went ahead with theirs.

MY SAY : Bottom Line Is ‘Not To Congregate’

Key health advice for all of us as we try to dodge our measles epidemic is to avoid congregating in groups.  Those are the very words straight from our health experts.

The measles virus is highly contagious and will easily spread from one person to another.  Children in the 1-4 year old age group are the most vulnerable, especially the ones who are not immunized.

Even adults are prone too, if they have not received any vaccination injections as well.

Epidemic Help List Forwarded To NZ

By Staff Writer

Vaccines and storage coolers necessary to keep the medicine properly stored for injections against the measles virus, tops the help list from the Ministry of Health to their New Zealand counterpart.

“The list is already sent,” Ministry CEO Leausa Dr. Take Naseri confirmed last week.

The New Zealand Government announced earlier that they are on standby to help Samoa and Tonga, with the measles epidemic.

Tourism Authority  Tries  To Stay Upbeat With Measles Epidemic 

MEDIA RELEASE: Business as usual in Beautiful Samoa as travellers advised to take preventative measures to avoid spread of measles

Samoan authorities are on high alert and have been offering free vaccination for everyone as its Health officials this week announced confirmed cases of measles, with three related mortalities linked to this contagious virus.

Measles Threaten Upcoming Holiday Spirit

The festive mood of the upcoming holiday season is under a dark cloud, with calls from the Ministry of Health to limit public gatherings to control against the measles epidemic.

Close to 80 per cent of the outbreak is in the more populated Upolu Island.

Densely populated residential areas at Vaitele and Vailele are showing the most number of suspected cases.

Schools Made To Take Early Holiday Break

Schools are to close off early for the long, end of year holiday break, to protect against the spread of the measles epidemic, now into its third week.

The Minister of Education, Loau Keneti Sio, confirmed a Cabinet decision this week to close down all schools, as soon as important end of year exams are completed.

“We are bringing forward the normal school break from the 13th of December to this month starting with all pre-schools in the country closing today,  this Friday,” Loau disclosed.

Only In Samoa

...where the wearing of a face mask is no longer strange around Apia. Since the outbreak of measles, masks are encouraged to wear around public places. 

The disease is easily passed from one person to another so you can never be too careful in public, especially where a group of people are gathered.

This young lad is on his way to the SNPF Plaza very early in the morning.

NZ Ready To Help With Samoa Measles Epidemic 

New Zealand is on standby to help with the Samoa measles epidemic once the need for support and resources are worked out.

The same assistance is offered to Tonga.

The New Zealand media quoted the offer of help by the Government Health Minister, Julie Anne Genter.

“Samoa and Tonga are still working out what support and resources they need, according to Ms. Genter who said her government is ready to help,” Radio New Zealand reported.

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