Samoa Ministry of Health

Lawsuit expected in Samoa over baby deaths

The Samoa Observer reports the mother of one of the babies has confirmed a nearly $US3.7m lawsuit against the ministry for the death of her daughter.

The one-year-old babies were injected with what the Supreme Court labelled "a deadly mixture" of vaccine powder and expired anaesthetic.

Marieta Samuelu, who lost her daughter Lannah, said while money cannot compensate for the life of her only daughter, after she was buried she felt that compensation needed to be paid.

Dengue fever suspected over deaths in Samoa

TheĀ Samoa ObserverĀ reported the ministry had identified 25 positive cases with two suspected to have led to the deaths which are still being investigated.

The ministry said Samoa's national hospital reported a sudden increase in sickness last week in what appeared to be an outbreak of dengue.

It's continuing to warn people about hygiene and other measures to guard against the mosquito-borne disease.