Health worker’s death shock

By Ilia L. Likou ,

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Workers at the Ministry of Health are in a state of mourning after a colleague described as someone full of life was found dead in a toilet on Tuesday.

The death of the 29-year-old was confirmed by an official at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital who spoke to the Samoa Observer on the condition of anonymity.

Attempts to get an official comment from the hospital were not successful.

When the Samoa Observer contacted the family for a comment, a family member declined saying they are still coming to the terms with what has happened.

 According to the Health official, the deceased was working in the Health Promotion Division.

“He will be sorely missed by everyone,” the source said.

“He had such a pleasant personality. No one expected what has happened and we are all deeply saddened about it. This is a very sad day for health workers.”

The deceased’s smiling face was always seen on TV1 every evening conducting a Healthy Eating Programme after the Zumba. 

According to the source, he was in a meeting on Tuesday before tragedy struck.

 “He said he wasn’t feeling well and he went to the bathroom saying he had an upset stomach,” the Samoa Observer was told. 

He was there for a while.

It wasn’t until other health workers looked for him when he was found dead in the toilet.

The Samoa Observer was told that the deceased might have died from a heart condition.

The health worked is from the village of Toamua.

A former student of Avele College and a graduate of the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, he is survived by his wife and two daughters. 

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