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Two policemen in front of the Samoa police station.
Apia, SAMOA — A US-based Samoan man has been jailed in Samoa for three years after being found guilty of possession and importation of the drug methamphetamine. Tafuna Tauialo, 45, was arrested after being found with 25.8 grams of meth upon entering Samoa. Customs and police officers using a...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi in a mask with sick child
Apia, SAMOA — The death toll from Samoa's measles epidemic has risen to 60, with five deaths recorded in the past 24 hours and the BBC reporting families that have not been vaccinated against measles have been asked to hang a red flag outside their homes to help fight the deadly outbreak. The...
Measles posters on display in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — There have been another two deaths in Samoa's measles epidemic, bringing the toll to 55. It's the seventh day the death toll has risen, with children making up almost all of the dead. In the past 24 hours, there were another 153 cases of measles recorded, bringing the total to more...
Sevens Team Mates send Laaloi Leilua well wishes for his return home.
Dubai, UAE — The Manu Samoa Sevens squad have been affected by the measles outbreak with Laaloi Leilua having to return to Samoa to be with his 4 week old baby girl who has contracted the measles virus. Sir Gordon Tietchens announced the squad changes on the Manu Samoa Sevens Facebook Page. “Laaloi...
Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi addressing Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government is to shut down on Thursday and Friday this week so all public sector workers can help with the country's mass measles vaccination campaign. Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Maleilegaoi announced the measure on Monday evening in a nationwide address. He said all...
Samoa Air employees answering the call for blood last Friday
Apia, SAMOA —  To date, 53 measles related deaths have been recorded, with 5 fatalities in the last 24 hours. The young are the most vulnerable with the following statistics released by the National Emergency Operation Center as follows: Age group of 1- 4 years comprises the greatest amount of...
 File photo of police canine on drug sniffing duty at Mulifanua Wharf
Apia, SAMOA — Inbound travellers by sea or air are warned of trained police dogs on duty at the main airports and seaports in Samoa that can sniff out illegal drugs. Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clark gave the warning at the sentencing of  Mr. Tafuna Tauialo who was caught in possession of the...
Mother holding baby as doctor touches its head
Apia, SAMOA — The death toll in Samoa's measles epidemic has risen to 48, with another four people dying this weekend. Most of the dead are children under four years old, and the number of infections in that age group is still on the rise. More than 1700 children less than four years old are...
Nuu and Baby Mina
Apia, SAMOA — “I can’t sleep at night. Everytime I close my eyes I see her little face and I start to cry. I miss her so much and when I remember our 1 week and 2 days of pain in the hospital, watching her lying hopeless on the bed, fighting for her life I cry myself to sleep”. Nuu Faailo Lameko is...
Fritz Alai'asa's clinic in Vaivase-Ta
Apia, SAMOA — A controversial 'healer' in Samoa - who attacked a Checkpoint crew who tried to talk to him this week - has been shut down by authorities as the measles crisis escalates. Forty-four people are now dead, with the health authorities urging the country's parents to immunize their...

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