P.M. Tuilaepa flown to N.Z. for medical treatment

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene ,

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P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi at a Parliament seminar at Taumeasina Island Resort. He was attending the seminar when he became unwell and was taken to the Motootua hospital.

P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi at a Parliament seminar at Taumeasina Island Resort. He was attending the seminar when he became unwell and was taken to the Motootua hospital. (Photo: Misiona Simo / Samoa Observer)

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has been flown to New Zealand for emergency medical treatment.

A source from the hospital told the Samoa Observer today that P.M. Tuilaepa was flown over this morning.

The Prime Minister was admitted at the Moto’otua Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit yesterday.

Several employees at the National Health Services who spoke to the Samoa Observer on the condition of anonymity confirmed this.

“He was brought into the hospital before 12 noon,” said one employee. 

“His driver was the one who brought him in. And he was admitted straight in the Intensive Care Unit.” 

One Government Official told the Samoa Observer the Prime Minister was attending the Parliamentary Seminar at Taumeasina Island Resort when he fell ill.

That was when he was taken to the hospital. 

Contacted for a comment, the C.E.O. of the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Agafili Shem Leo, said the Prime Minister was fine. 

“He was taken in for a regular checkup and there is nothing for the public to worry about,” he told the Samoa Observer over the phone.

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