Samoa ‘Door to door measles vaccination’ drive: Three weeks work completed in two days

The Director of the Disaster Advisory Committee (DAC) Ulu Bismarck Crawley, has confirmed that the two day vaccination effort has resulted in around three weeks of work being done in 2 days.

“The national coverage now is at 89%, with our main target groups of infants 6 months to 4 years at 82%, and children aged 5 to 19 years at a high 93%,” announced the DAC Director.
“This is an uplift from the rates that had been previously recorded when the outbreak started so the unified effort has resulted in a massive increase of coverage.”
Director General of Health Leausa Dr Take Naseri has confirmed that the one of the benefits of the mass vaccination, is already being felt.
“Now we can focus more of our resources and efforts on treatment of the infected.” Leausa said adding that, “the current count vaccination rate now reached, has released the pressure on the medical resources at this time, which we are very grateful for.”

DAC teams are still attending to calls from the public
As Ulu confirmed, “we have got teams still attending to calls from isolated areas that the mass program was not able to reach, and this effort will continue with the headquarters able to receive phone calls on the free calling line from 8 to 5pm every day.”