Two Samoas youth groups make donation

A Samoan and American Samoan youth group have joined forces and made a joint donation to the Samoa Nurses association as a token of appreciation for its members' measles work.

The Logopuialii youth group based in Samoa nine members of its American Samoa unit donated breakfast supplies to the Nurses Association as a token of appreciation for their hard work.

Held at the Nurses Hall at Motootua on Tuesday, the group handed their donation to the Head and President of the Nurses Association, Solialofi Papalii.

The President of the two youth groups, Nah Folasa, told the Samoa Observer that the donation was given by members of the group in both Samoa and American Samoa through their members in American Samoa.

The group comprises of 98 members in Samoa and five in American Samoa.

"We've seen that most of the work are done by the nurses so we thought that we'd do something just to help them cope with the crisis and the exhaustion they're going through," Mr. Folasa said.

"People might think we're bias in terms of the donation being donated to the nurses alone instead of all the health workers but the nurses was the first on our list when we look at who is suffering the most from this measles crisis."

The donation was gathered through a campaign. In American Samoa, the donations were advertised using the advantage of Facebook and the group acknowledged the support by the people of American Samoa.

The nurses were thankful for the support and were inspired to work harder to fight the crisis.

To date, 81 measles related deaths have been recorded, with 1 fatality (child under 5 years old) in the last 24 hours.

The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 5,612 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started.

There were 9 recorded in the last 24 hours for Upolu and no new cases for Savai’i.

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