Ministry’s response criticised

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The Ministry of Health has been criticised by members of the public over the lack of information about the Zika virus. The concerns follow global reports naming Samoa as one of the destinations to avoid because of the virus. In today’s Street Talk, Vatapuia Maiava, took the streets to find out just how much people know about the virus. They were also asked if they were satisfied with the Ministry of Health’s response in terms of public awareness. This is what they said:

 

Emmanuel Sooalo

Emmanuel Sooalo 
Siusega

No I haven’t heard of the virus. I don’t think the Ministry is doing a good job of warning people about this because that’s their job when something new is introduced to the country. They have a bad habit of only taking things like this seriously when it claims lives. They should let everyone know before people start dying from it.

Pulega L

Pulega L 
Saleimoa

Yes I may have seen something like this on the newspaper but I still don’t really know much about it. The Ministry of Health should start pulling up their socks and let the public know about things like this. If the virus has been in Samoa for some time then what are they waiting for? They should be blasting it all over the TV and Radio, warning the people that there is a new virus in Samoa.

Makerita

Makerita 
Saleimoa

Emmanuel Sooalo
Emmanuel Sooalo
Kaisa
Kaisa
Makerita
Makerita
Pulega L
Pulega L
Telesia Tunai
Telesia Tunai

I have no idea what the Zika Virus is. If the Ministry of Health was doing a good job of letting us know about this virus, then I would have definitely heard about it but no. Maybe it hasn’t gotten to the serious stages of the virus but we still need to know about this.

Telesia Tunai

Telesia Tunai 
Leulumoega

No I haven’t heard of this. The Ministry of Health has done a horrible job with letting us know about this new virus. Maybe they’re waiting for a lot more people to get infected before they start doing their jobs.

Kaisa

Kaisa 
Vaitele

No I don’t know anything about a Zika Virus. The Ministry of Health isn’t doing a good job of letting us know because none of my family members or friends has ever mentioned anything like that to me. It sounds dangerous and the people need to know.

Elaine Patolo

Elaine Patolo 
Leauva’a

I have no idea what this virus is. The Ministry of Health is not doing a good job at all with informing the public. The introduction of new viruses should be taken seriously by the Ministry of Health and quarantine officers and right now it doesn’t seem that way. My family and I would have definitely taken precautions if we were informed about this virus.

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