Mapuifagalele Home of the Aged braces for the worst

As the uncertainty continues over the status of COVID-19 in Samoa with a second positive test confirmed, the elderly residents at Mapuifagalele being prepared for whatever eventuality thanks to the help from a local senior doctor.

Sister Alosia of the Home of the Aged at Mapuifagalele, Vailele, says Leo'o Dr. John Adams has been helping and providing much-needed information and practical tips on what to to.  

"As of now because there is no straight answer from the Government about the status of the virus in Samoa, we are still preparing for the worst," she said. 

"Our preparations are based on what Dr. John Adams, our doctor is teaching us during our clinics and also the medical team from the hospital."

Sr. Alosia said they have been informed about the risk the virus carries for the elderly population and they have taken precautionary measures to ensure they are protected.

"We have ceased visitors for the protection of the elderly residents under our care. We are still waiting for the Government's call, if they declare a lockdown then we will lock it down," she said.

There are 44 elders who are currently under the Little Sisters of the Poor's watch.

"There are 19 elderly fathers and 25 mothers under our care," said Sr. Alosia. 

"We are well-prepared, as Dr. John and the medical team have given us some practical preparations so we will follow that if ever Covid-19 strikes Samoa. We usually have our plans on the boards, we have supplies of hand sanitisers, face masks, and gloves."

When the Samoa Racing Club turned up on Thursday with a donation, all the 44 elders weren't able to come out and greet their visitors like they always do.

According to Sr. Alosio and the nuns who are looking after the facility, they cannot bring all of them out due to their health conditions and the COVID-19 protection measures they are now undertaking.

Sr. Alosio also stressed that anyone visiting the Mapuifagalele must wear a mask.

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