Health Services

Japan committed to helping Samoa improve health services

Notes to formalize Japan's assistance were signed and exchanged today between Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Independent State of Samoa, Terasawa Genichi at the Office of the Prime Minister.

The Exchange of Notes confirms a grant valued at 150 million JPY (approximately 1.38 million USD) that will assist with the procurement of a range of much needed latest medical equipment such as defibrillators, C-arm and electrocardiograms, to name a few.

Samoa health minister warns job losses could follow merger

The government will merge the Ministry of Health with the National Health Service, but the question of how many jobs will be retained has not yet been answered.

Speaking to Samoa television last night, the minister, Tuitama Talalelei Tuitama, said many jobs would be re-advertised and the best candidates retained.

He said the ministry is putting together some kind of redundancy package for affected employees.


Health services need to do more to help Samoans at risk of heart disease

Tua Taueetia-Su’a, an experienced practice nurse and primary health organisation researcher, has dedicated the last three and a half years to researching Samoan people’s knowledge and understanding of cardiovascular disease (CVD), its risks, risk assessments, and the reasons behind their decisions to undertake or abstain from making necessary lifestyle changes.

“Cardiovascular disease is prevalent among Samoans, and in fact all Pacific people. For my research, I interviewed 16 Samoan patients and seven practice nurses in the Wellington region about their experiences.”