Samoa Health CEO keen to allay fears of MMR vaccines

The Government of Samoa is making efforts to restore confidence in the health sector following the sudden death of two babies.

The infants both one year old died suddenly on Savai’i last week after receiving the MMR vaccine that protects against measles, mumps and rubella.

Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri says the injections have been examined and were found clean as claimed by the nurses in Safotu.

“There was nothing wrong with the vaccines.”

“All these vaccines have series of testing to make sure they are safe and effective for curing diseases,” said Dr Naseri.

He added that he is also concerned about the safety of the nurses involved.

“For now, the finger is pointing towards the nurses and they are now easily blamed especially that there were more nurses involved in the preparation.”

“As for now, this is out of our control. People have the right to speak when they feel something is not right.”

“That’s why we are trying to find answers to this issue as we are looking into getting a specialist from overseas to investigate on the matter for an immediate clue on what exactly happened,” he said.


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