Members of the public tell us how they are protecting their families
Pai Logo, 34, Siusega
The things that I will do to protect my family from measles is to make sure the food my family eats are well prepared and everything is clean. The other thing is to prevent my kids from going into public areas, where they can get easily infected with measles, they should stay inside the house all the time. Also I note the Ministry of Health advice on going to the hospital to get them vaccinated.
Tautusi Pese, 38, Siusega
I have to protect my family because there are so many diseases out there. As for my family at Siusega village I have stopped my kids from going outside the house, and to keep away from public areas that are overcrowded. The weather is the reason the kids are affected by the measles and I must make sure they are indoors at all times.
Esau Luapua, 41, Tufuiopa
What I will do to protect my family is to prevent my children from going to play with other families' kids. Another way is to follow the advice of the Ministry of Health, like getting the kids and family on vaccines. Also to make sure that the food they eat should be well cooked, and the environment in which the food is prepared should be clean.
Pese Samuelu, 41, Nuu-Fou
I will take good care of my children and not let them go to crowded places and public areas. I also have to make sure that the children are vaccinated, and with Christmas approaching we should keep them at home, and not allowing them to attend any programme. There are also traditional Samoan methods to protect my children.
Iese Tagaloga, 26, Aleisa
To keep my family safe, I will have to make sure my family does not go to the public area or overcrowded places. I don’t rely on Samoan traditional healers, but I seek the lord's help in praying for his healing on my family. And if I know that I am affected with measles, I make sure that I stay home so that the diseases is not spread.
Pelenatete Vaafaasavilitofa, 20, Vaitele Fou
Me and my family have to avoid public areas or overcrowded places, and make sure that food family members eat are prepared in a clean and healthy way – like well boiled and well cooked. Another way is to follow the advice of the Ministry of Health and don’t believe reports that traditional Samoan healers can cure measles.