Measles death toll climbs to 75

Two more children under five years old have succumbed to measles during the past 24 hours.

This is according to the latest update from the Government which noted 64 new cases of measles.

It brings the total death tally to 75 and total cases to 5,331. 

There are 129 inpatients across Samoa’s hospitals, down ten patients from the day before.

The bulk remain at Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital, with 109 inpatients. Of those, 16 are critically ill children in the intensive care unit or high dependency unit.

There are four patients in Poutasi, and two in Lalomanu. In Leulumoega Hospital which is dedicated entirely to measles patients, there are 13 patients. 

Savaii’s hospitals have eight patients, the most being in Foailolo District Hospital with four patients.

Of the 1,704 hospitalisations so far, Government are reporting 1,500 have been discharged. 

The State of Emergency has been extended until December 29 to finish the mass vaccination campaign. Currently 93 per cent of the population has been vaccinated, just shy of the 95 per cent ideal figure. 

If anyone in your household has yet to be vaccinated you can still call or text for a mobile vaccination unit to come home, on 999.

There remaining vaccination clinics are in 23 locations starting Monday, December 16 and Tuesday, December 17, from 9am to 3pm. 

They will be hosted in the village Church facilities of Alafua, Aleisa, Elise Fou, Faleula, Leauvaa, Malie, Moamoa, Nu'u Fou, Sinamoga, Siusega, Talimatau, Toamua Uta, Vailoa Faleata, Vaimoso, Vaitele Fou, Vaitele Tai, Vaitele Uta, Vaitoloa and Vaiusu.

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