Lalomanu nurses gather strength to serve after measles epidemic

During the epidemic, the nurses went sent to work in hospitals in Savaii and Upolu.

Alofa Leota of of Magiagi was chosen to work at Lalomanu Hospital about 61 kilometres away from Apia.

Leota told Loop Samoa correspondent, Talaia Mika that she had to leave her only child with her parents and family when she was on duty.

“I know that for a lot of nurses, we’re being separated from our families especially our children but when it comes to our work, the lives of the people depend on us so we must do our job no matter what,” she said.

NZ to send medical staff and measles vaccines to Samoa

Foreign Minister Winston Peters said New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines and 12 nurses to assist in containing a serious and growing measles outbreak.

“Measles is highly contagious, and the outbreak has taken lives in Samoa. It is in everybody’s interests that we work together to stop its spread,” Mr Peters said.

The first nurses, who will administer vaccinations, will arrive on Wednesday, with other nurses working on rotation over the coming weeks.

The vaccines are undergoing final clearance to arrive in Samoa next week.

Samoa improving vaccine safety after deaths - Nurses' Association

The two one-year-old babies died after receiving doses of the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine which were incorrectly mixed with an expired anaesthetic.

The deaths prompted Samoa to suspend all vaccination for three months and damaged public trust in vaccines across the region, including in New Zealand.

On Friday, two nurses who administered the vaccine were jailed for five years. Lana Samuelu and Lameko Sui had pleaded guilty to negligence causing the manslaughter of the infants.

Samoa court to probe infant deaths

Yesterday, the Supreme Court sentenced two nurses to five years in jail after they pleaded guilty to negligence causing the manslaughter of the infants, Lana Samuelu and Lameko Sui.

When delivering the decision, the acting chief justice Vui Clarence Nelson said a medical report showed the vaccine had been incorrectly mixed with an expired anesthetic.

He added six months to the five-year sentence of Nurse Luse Tauvale, who also pleaded guilty to conspiring to defeat the cause of justice by concealing the syringes and the bottle which contained the anesthetic.

Jail not sought for Samoan nurses over baby deaths

Nurses Luse Emo Tauvale and Leutogi Te'o pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month and will be sentenced next Tuesday in Samoa's Supreme Court.

On Friday, prosecution and defence lawyers agreed to recommend to judges the nurses be banned from their profession for two-years and be required to undertake training.

Samoa's health ministry said the babies' deaths were caused by the nurses mixing the wrong liquid with the vaccine for Measles, Mumps and Rubella.


Samoa gets 81 new nurses, midwives

The new registered nurses and midwives recently took their oath after receiving their certificates and badges at the National University of Samoa Fale.

The Samoa Observer reports that Health Minister Tuitama Talalelei Tuitama underlined the importance of their roles at the certification ceremony.

He said a nurse is someone who is well prepared and soothes pains with their voices, language and actions.

The minister implored the graduates to do their job with love and patience, and to remember to always co-operate with every other area of healthcare services.

Samoa nurses head fends off PM's criticism

Newsline Samoa reported, Soliali'i Papali'i Bismarck, was reacting to Tuilaepa saying nurses should "stick to their jobs of caring for the sick and not to do the work of doctors".

He said if they want to be doctors they should go back to school and qualify as doctors.

Soliali'i said nursing is a profession which has its guidelines, work ethics, protocols and regulations.

She said people are misrepresenting the work of the nurses.

Soliali'i said these are the people who do not want to understand what is expected of them when they go to hospital.


Samoa nurses plead not guilty over baby deaths

The two accused, Leutogi Te'o and Luse Emo Tuavale, entered a not guilty plea to manslaughter, conspiracy to defeat the course of justice and negligence.

The women remain on bail for a hearing set down for January next year.

The one year old infants died in July soon after receiving a vaccination for measles, mumps and rubella at a clinic in Savai'i.

A Commission of Inquiry into their deaths is set to start next Monday.

Samoa PM says nurses must be well trained

Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi said the post mortem preliminary report did not find anything wrong with the vaccine but human error seemed to be involved in the diluting of the vaccine.

The prime minister said further overseas analysis is being sought to confirm the preliminary results.

Two nurses are facing manslaughter charges in the case with one of them also charged with conspiracy to defeat the course of justice and negligence.

The two will appear in the Supreme Court on Monday.


Students sought for higher nursing qualifications in Samoa

The course is a collaboration between Samoa's School of Nursing and Wellington's Victoria University.

Victoria's Dean of the Faculty of Health Professor Gregor Coster says students in Samoa can now pursue higher qualifications without leaving the country.

He says it's a boost for nursing education, research as well as the overall health sector.