Ministry of Health

Samoan parents wrongly charged for children's immunisation records

Under new laws introduced at the height of the measles epidemic, schools are not allowed to accept children who have not been immunised.

Parents queued for hours last week to get hold of the immunisation verification documents required from the ministry, with many unhappy that there was a fee imposed at all.

In a statement, the director general of health, Take Naseri, said the fee was wrongly imposed, calling it an outdated practice unauthorised by the ministry.

Samoa health ministry says no need to panic over malaria at Pacific Games

Dr Robert Thomsen said Samoa does not have malaria, nor the mosquito to spread it and quarantining the patient was a precautionary measure.

He said the Health Ministry was actively monitoring for 15 illnesses including dengue, influenza, diarrhoea, rashes and fever.

Dr Thomsen said, so far, this was the only major case during the games and the intervention was brief and effective.

Samoa Health clarifies stance on abortion and gay marriage

Over the past week media reports have said the Ministry was urging the Government to legalise abortion and gay marriage.

RNZI reports this prompted public outrage and a statement from Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi that he would never allow what he calls "heathenistic practices".

However, the Director of Health Leausa Toleafoa Dr Take Naseri says the media has misquoted and taken out of context the national policy paper.

Leausa says the ministry did not advocate making abortion legal, as it is illegal and the ministry is compliant to the law.