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DOI announces emergency response funding after measles outbreak

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Sources: Media releases from Cong. Aumua Amata & ASG

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — DOI Assistant Secretary Doug Domenech has announced nearly half a million dollars in federal funds for the public health emergency response to the Pacific measles outbreak.

Specifically, the Department of Interior is awarding $490,000 in federal funds for American Samoa through the Office of Insular Affair’s Technical Assistance Program.

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga said the grant will help “cover the cost connected with our efforts to combat the spread of measles” in American Samoa. ASG’s application was submitted Dec. 22nd.

The governor also extended on behalf of government leaders and the people of American Samoa’s profound gratitude and appreciation to US Interior Secretary David Berhardt, Office of Insular and International Affairs director Nikolao Pula and DOI field representative Lydia Faleafine-Nomura “for their quick response to my request for financial assistance”.

“Congratulations to Governor Lolo and everyone involved in this effort,” said  Contresswoman Aumua Amata. “The measles outbreak has been a tragedy, and our prayers continue for the people of Samoa. These federal funds will help our island continue to take important public health steps to prevent more cases in American Samoa. Thank you to the Department of Interior, Secretary David Bernhardt and Assistant Secretary Domenech.”