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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The reigning Miss Pacific Islands, Fonoifafo Macfarland Seumanu is using her time and energy to serve the people of Samoa. A nurse by profession, Fonoifafo had requested to the Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) and Samoa’s Ministry of Health if she could work in her capacity...
Nurse Fa'atafa Tavita (R) speaking with a father holding his child at the Apia Town Clinic in Samoa's capital city Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — For the first time in months, Samoa's hospitals are empty of measles patients. The last two patients, an 11-month-old and a one-year-old, were discharged last week from the main hospital in Apia, the Samoa Observer reports. The Health Ministry's Deputy Director of Public Health,...
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa measles epidemic has claimed two more lives, taking the death toll to 83. The latest deaths were confirmed by the Health Emergency Operation Centre in a statement issued on Monday night (Samoa time). The Samoa Ministry of Health confirms a cumulative total of 5,697 measles...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Ministry of Health mental health unit has warned of the growing psychological impact of the measles epidemic and is urging people to seek help. Seiulialii Dr George Leao Tuitama has told the Observer the unit had been working behind the scenes and so far had seen more than 600...
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Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Ministry of Health, in a statement, says there have now been five days without any deaths from measles. The death toll since the epidemic began in October is 81. Meanwhile the government announced on Saturday it had cancelled the state of emergency it issued six weeks ago....
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Apia, SAMOA — The state of emergency in Samoa, declared due to the measles epidemic, has ended following a special Cabinet meeting. At Friday's meeting, Cabinet unanimously approved the cancellation of the State of Emergency Orders in place. In its decision, Cabinet has approved the State of...
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Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Ministry of Health says there have been no new fatalities due to measles in the past 24 hours. The death toll since the outbreak began in October was 81, the ministry said, with the two most recent deaths officially reported on Christmas and Boxing Day. A total of 5634...
Measles posters on display in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — An 80th person is confirmed to have died in the last 24 hours in the measles epidemic sweeping Samoa. According to the government's emergency operation centre, there have been 5600 cases reported since the outbreak in the island nation, which has a population under 200,000. The latest...
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Apia, SAMOA — When mortuary assistant and heath porter, Kerisimasi Teo, started at his new job at the TTM Hospital in Samoa 4 months ago, he never imagined having to deal with the tragedy of children dying every day. He was slowly settling into his new job when the measles epidemic struck. Instead...
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Apia, SAMOA — There have been no deaths from Samoa's measles epidemic in the past three days - with the toll standing at 79. Samoa's Ministry of Health said there had been another 28 confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total number to 5580. Sixty-four people remain in hospital,...

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