(SAMOA, Fiji) #AceHealthAlert PM Orders two-day government shutdown, redirecting workers to assist in a mass vaccination campaign, in response to a measles epidemic that has claimed the lives of 53 people in the Pacific island nation: Over 440,000 people were infected with measles worldwide in 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) #AceHealthDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Dec.02: Samoa’s Prime Minister has announced a government shutdown in response to the measles epidemic that has claimed the lives of 53 people in the Pacific island nation.

‘Healing water’ for measles

'Healing water' for measles
Desperate parents are seeking out alternative therapies to protect their children from measles in Samoa, as the death toll continues to rise.

Key points:

  • Samoa’s Ministry of Health has confirmed 3,728 measles cases since the outbreak began
  • Samoa’s PM has warned people to avoid alternative medicines
  • The outbreak is believed to have been started in New Zealand

ABC News reported Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi announced during a press conference that all branches of government, except the nation’s water authority and electric power corporation, would be closed on Thursday and Friday: The two-day shutdown will see government workers recruited to help carry out a mass vaccination campaign: About 58,000 people in the country have been vaccinated since November 20: “Let us work together to encourage and convince those who do not believe that vaccinations are the only answer to the epidemic,” Mr Malielegaoi said.

A man with a blue medical face mask on his forehead and blue scrubs sprays a young person with a bottle of water.Photo: Mr Malielegaoi is urging Samoans to get vaccinated rather than seek alternative medicines. (ABC)

“Measles is not a new disease to Samoa and rarely claim lives. If a suspected case is presented early for treatment, full recovery should be expected.”Mr Malielegaoi added “no traditional healers” could cure measles, and people should be wary of promises of alternative cures: Some claim high doses of Vitamin A are an alternative to vaccination, but experts say that is not based on evidence and it cannot prevent infection https://ab.co/2PgFlHR

  • Sputnik: WHO reports 440,000 new measles cases globally in 2019
  • @WHO – https://t.co/fQ2kAycgn7

  • GENEVA (Sputnik) – Over 440,000 people were infected with measles worldwide in 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement published on Wednesday: “”As of 5 November 2019, there have been 440,263 confirmed cases reported to WHO through official monthly reporting by 187 Member States in 2019”, the statement said: https://t.co/fQ2kAycgn7

#AceHealthDesk reports ………….Published: Dec.02: 2019:

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