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Misaeli Funaki during media briefing at Nadi Weather Office
Nadi, FIJI — People are urged to remain on high alert as a tropical depression which continues to move closer to Fiji is expected to gradually intensify into a Tropical Cyclone this evening. The Tropical Depression is moving at 10 kilometres per hour, according to the Fiji Meteorology Service. The...
Nurse April Wilson (L) and team leader Luisa Popo preparing vaccinations
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Ministry of Health has confirmed another death in the measles epidemic sweeping the country. The Ministry said the death of a child under five years old recorded in the last 24 hours ending Thursday (Samoa time) takes the death toll to 81. It said there are currently 43...
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...
Kerisimasi Teo
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,...
 A Polynesian Airlines Twin Otter aircraft at Fagali'i Airport in
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Fagali'i International Airport will shut down on the final day of the year for safety reasons. The Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali'i Niko Lee Hang, said the Ministry of Police would take over the site. The minister told the Samoa Observer all flights...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has urged parents not to hide their children from vaccinators or refuse to have them vaccinated. That comes after the death of a baby from Moto'otua, who had allegedly been hidden during the recent door-to-door vaccination campaign...
Guam's congressman, Michael San Nicolas
Hagåtña, GUAM — KUAM News in Guam is reporting that before Congress adjourned for the holiday, Guam's congressman, Michael San Nicolas introduced H.R.5526.  According to Congress.gov H.R.5526 would provide a nonvoting delegate to the Senate to represent American Samoa, CNMI, Guam, Puerto Rico, and...
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Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa government is reporting no new deaths from the measles epidemic in the 24 hours ending Sunday (Samoa time). MEASLES UPDATE The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 5,520 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started. There...
Va'asiliifiti Moelagi Jackson.
Savaii, SAMOA — One of Samoa's trailblazing women, Va'asiliifiti Moelagi Jackson, was farewelled yesterday at a funeral on Savaii. She died on Wednesday at the age of 77.  At a time when it was uncommon for women to be bestowed matai titles, Va'asiliifiti was made a high chief at the age of just 22...

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