Health teams inspect food places

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu ,

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“Our teams have also confiscated wet goods, meat that have been in the freezer without power.

“Our teams have also confiscated wet goods, meat that have been in the freezer without power." (Photo: Misiona Simo / Samoa Observer)

The Ministry of Health has been inspecting a lot of food related businesses to determine whether they are safe to cater for members of the public.

This is according to the Director General of the Ministry of Health, Leausa Dr Take Naseri.

“Our teams were dispatched Saturday,” he said. “They are conducting inspection of the restaurants, stores and other eatery places. 

“Our teams have also confiscated wet goods, meat that have been in the freezer without power. 

“We are also inspecting bottled water companies to ensure the water quality is safe for consumption.”

The Director General added that they are advising members of the public to continue to boil water.

 “Unless we say otherwise, the notice should be heeded and that water should be boiled for drinking and cooking foods.” 

According to Leausa, until the health inspections give the okay, the business cannot reopen.

With regards to the schools, the Director General said Health Inspectors are conducting the inspection of schools. 

“We are looking at the sanitary side of things, whether it is safe for the students to return to school,” he said. 

“Due to the limited staff, we’re looking today and tomorrow to sweep through the government schools for assessments and hand in a report to determine whether schools will start as indicated by Cabinet.” 

He said that given the dengue fever outbreak, they are still monitoring the situation.

 The Director General emphasized the importance of keeping medication safe from harm. 

“The last two natural disasters, we encountered problems where patients either lost their medicine, or it got wet. 

“All of you who take medication daily, take proper care of your medication and keep them near you all the time. Please don’t forget to take your medicine.”

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