Chinese language course established at Samoa’s Campus of Hope

The campus which caters to victims of violence is under the care of the non-governmental organisation, Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG).

An opening ceremony to mark the establishment of the Chinese class was held earlier this week.

Attendees included the Ambassador of China to Samoa, Chao Xiaoliang, SVSG President, Lina Chang, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute of National University of Samoa, Chen Wanhui.

Baby with suspected case of measles discharged

This was confirmed by the Director General of Health, Aiono Dr. Alec Ekeroma.

According to Aiono, the baby was discharged two days later after admission.

Samples have been sent to New Zealand for testing to confirm if it is measles with the results expected next week.

Furthermore, the Health Director urged all mothers with babies 9-months-old to have the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR1) vaccination and babies that are 15 months to have MMR2.

Samoa restaurants closed for unhygienic conditions

TV1Samoa reports the Director General of Health, Aiono Dr Alec Ekeroma, has confirmed the closures but did not name the eateries.

He also said five other restaurants have been warned to clean up their facilities or face closure.

The ministry is also looking at the conditions of roadside food stalls, especially barbecues.


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New report reveals slow economic recovery for Samoa

The outlook is detailed in the World Bank’s inaugural Pacific Economic Update report launched in Suva, Fiji last month.

The report is a first in a new series, February 2023’s Pacific Economic Update describes a regional economy unevenly impacted by multiple shocks.

It also highlights a comprehensive assessment and forward-projection of 11 Pacific Island country economies including Samoa.

According to the report, Covid-19 and its related restrictions represented an immense challenge for the Pacific since 2020.

Samoa receives climate funding

The funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has been awarded to two organizations working to build the resilience of vulnerable populations in communities in Samoa.

These grants will support a wide range of activities at the community level ranging from disaster risk reduction preparedness and response, community development, climate change adaptation and biodiversity conservation, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).

Role of Women in Policing and Prisons celebrated

The parade was led by the Deputy Police, Prisons and Corrections Commissioner, Papalii Monalisa Keti.

Papalii is the first female to hold the Deputy Police Commissioner in Samoa which is the highest rank in the Police force.

The march towards the Government building was part of their usual morning routine to raise the national flag, however the parade was extra special because it consisted of all women within the Ministry of Police and Prisons.

USP receives funding support from Japan

A contract signing between the USP, Japan Embassy Samoa, Samoa’s Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture was held at the USP Samoa Campus yesterday.

The Japanese Ambassador to Samoa, Senta Keisuke signed over the grant to the recipient’s representatives of the USP - Samoa Campus.  

Samoa’s Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Seuula Ioane Tuaau was among the attendees.

The funding is from the Grant Assistance for Japan’s Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP).

Samoa Health Ministry receives audiology booths

The unveiling of these new equipment coincided with the celebration of World Hearing Day, last week.

The donation was made possible through the Samoa Hearing Programme, a partnership between the Ministry of Health, SENESE, and the Australian Government through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

The Minister of Health, Valasi Tafito Selesele said the partnership between Australia and Samoa in providing quality and accessible healthcare is a testament to the strength of our relationship.

Samoan baby admitted to hospital with suspected measles

Director General of Health, Aiono Dr Alec Ekeroma, told TV1 Samoa the infant was showing symptoms of measles and has been isolated to await results of blood samples sent to New Zealand.

He confirmed two other patients were tested recently and returned negative results.

According to Aiono, the Ministry of Health are continuing the Mumps Measles and Rubella vaccination push around the country.

"We've approved the payment of staff overtime to allow for them to work Saturday," he said.

Fiji forensic pathologist assists Samoa police investigate fatal hit and run case

Deputy Police Commissioner Papalii Monalisa Tiai Keti says the forensic pathologist will revisit the crime scene, as well as review the deceased's file with the police.

Tala Fou reports Tuuau Maletino Motu's death made headlines as names of some politicians were implicated.

Papalii has confirmed that police have yet to find any clues to the incident.

However she says the case is still open and any information in relation to the incident is accepted.

Tuuau was found dead on the side of the road, at Vaitele on the night of Tuesday, 21 April 2021.