Nurse charged over infant deaths in Samoa

Samoa Police have charged a nurse in relation to the death of two babies in Savai’i last month.

A statement from the Attorney General, Lemalu Herman Retzlaff confirmed that one of the nurses involved with the vaccination injections of the two babies who passed away 6 July, 2018, was charged by police on Saturday 4 August, 2018. 

Lemalu said the nurse will appear in Court 14 August 2018, where the charges will be confirmed publically. 

According to the AG, “the file was referred to this office for advice last week, after swift and hard-working investigations by the CID section of the Ministry of Police both in Apia and Savaii, which is to be commended.” 

“And the decision to charge was thereafter supported by advice; and it is also confirmed by Police, that investigations are still active and on-going.”

The two babies died shortly after their MMR immunisations.

MMR is a vaccine given after one year of age to protect against three diseases; measles, mumps and rubella.


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