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Still Too Early To Predict Epidemic Peak

Just over half the 62,000 people targeted for vaccination are covered but it is still not enough for the Ministry of Health to hazard a guess on when the measles epidemic may peak.

Ministry of Health CEO Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, is reluctant to make any predications.

“So far we have only covered 33,085 of our set target,” Leausa told Newsline Samoa.

Health Relief At Border Tightening On Dead Bodies

The Ministry of Health is breathing a little easier at the new policy for tighter border control on dead bodies brought into the country.

Now in place is a Government Repatriation Policy to guide overseas families sending bodies of loved ones for burial in Samoa.

Several instances have happened in recent years where bodies arrived without health clearance documents from the country of origin.

Dr. Naseri Is New Director General Of Health


Leausa Dr. Take Naseri is officially the new Director General of Health. Cabinet confirmed his appointment in their weekly meeting yesterday on Wednesday.

 He was one of four applicants for the job and his 3-year contract appointment is standard for all heads of ministry.

As top health official, Dr. Naseri, fills in the leadership spot left open since the re-merge of the National Health Services with the Ministry.

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