Measles epidemic

MY SAY :  It Sucks But We Will Just Have To Suck It Up

Officially our holiday season is in tatters. We are on lock down mode with the official state of emergency declared on our measles epidemic on Friday night.

Yesterday the legal orders came down, serious and firm.

Since the outbreak became official the health advisory was for the general public not to congregate in groups.

When the call came about 5 weeks ago only 70 cases were suspected.  We are now past 700 or 10 times what we started off with.

Schools Ordered Shut Plus Other Firm Restrictions

All schools around the country are shut ‘forthwith,’ MMR injections are now a legal requirement for the unvaccinated and age group bans are enforced for any public gatherings or visits to any medical facility.

All these are now enforced as legal under the national state of emergency officially declared on Friday by Government, as measures to control the spread of the measles epidemic.

 Schools Ordered Shut and MMR Injections For All Non Vaccinated    

All schools are ordered closed immediately and all who have not been vaccinated for the measles are now legally required to undertake immunisation injections.

These are among the main orders that are now in effect after it was legally signed in law today, Saturday 16 November 2019.

Under the State of Emergency declared official on Friday, the following ORDERS, are in effect immediately pursuant to Article 106 of the Constitution: 

One Third Of Samoa’s Population Vulnerable To Measles

Low immunisation coverage against measles has left a third of Samoa’s population or about 70 thousand people unprotected, in the 5 weeks old epidemic.

The Director General of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, opened up to the local media yesterday that between 2008-2009, only 41 per cent of the population were immunized.

“We’ve tried since then to pull it up to about 66 per cent and that means about a third of the population are vulnerable to the measles virus” Leausa said.

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