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Samoa measles death toll now reaches 53

APIA (Samoa Government/ Pacnews) — Samoa’s Ministry of Health has confirmed a total of 3,728 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started.

There were 198 recorded in the last 24 hours.

To date, 53 measles related deaths have been recorded, with five fatalities in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 183 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities. Of this, 155 are at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital, 4 at Poutasi District Hospital, 1 at Lalomanu District Hospital, 18 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital, 3 at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital, 1 at Sataua District Hospital and 1 at Safotu District Hospital. Admissions include 19 critically ill children in ICU/HDU and 2 pregnant women and 1 postnatal at TTMH.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 1,129. Of that, 893 (79 percent) patients have been discharged.

In related news, the Samoan government has doubled its financial commitment to 6 million tala or $2.2 million to ensure sufficient funding for the mass vaccination campaign to eradicate the measles epidemic.

The additional commitment was approved by the cabinet last week and it will complement the assistance from the international community and Samoa’s key partners.

The announcement was made by Finance Minister Sili Epa Tuioti at the press conference friday called to declare a special dividend payout to all 85,000 contributors of the Samoa National Provident Fund.

The finance minister says that the government is also prepared to commit more funds over and above the 6 million tala if additional funding is needed.

Meanwhile, the National Emergency Operations Center Call Center in collaboration with Digicel and Bluesky Samoa was established as an additional service, to assist with the ongoing mass vaccination campaign led by the Ministry of Health.

The mobile clinics catered mostly to the highest affected areas of the country, the Apia Urban Area.

For its part, the call center will assist in guiding the public to the 40 sites available for vaccination, around Samoa.