Samoa shuts down to fight measles outbreak

Local residents wait to be vaccinated at a Red Cross facility in Apia Samoa

Local residents wait to be vaccinated at a Red Cross facility in Apia Samoa

Officials had asked unvaccinated residents to hang red flags outside their homes to help the campaign.

The present disaster in Samoa has additionally triggered many global anti-vaccination campaigners to weigh in and criticising the nation's drive to immunise its kids, which is making an attempt raise the extent of measles vaccination protection to greater than 90%.

Samoa's measles immunization rate dropped to about 30 percent after an incident previous year involving the death of two babies that anti-vaxxers incorrectly blamed on the medication.

"The fact that any child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease such as measles is frankly outrage and collective failure to protect the most vulnerable children in the world", said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus, WHO's director general.

"Working with the health ministry, we are going to try to stop it, now that we have 15 cases", said Peter Mazey, chairman of the Fiji National Sports Commission.

The south pacific nation of Samoa has shut down all non-essential services for 2 days to carry out an unprecedented measles vaccination campaign.

The latest figures show that 54 of the 62 dead were aged four or less and infants account for most of the 4,217 cases recorded since the outbreak began in mid-October.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said the first day of the shutdown on Thursday was a success, with 17,500 people, or nearly 10 per cent of the population, receiving their jabs.

According to Radio New Zealand (RNZ), he threatened police detention for people who discouraged vaccinations or promised healing via traditional therapies to beat the highly contagious airborne virus.

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Samoa has been hit the hardest due to low vaccination rates, which ranged between 28 and 40 per cent when the outbreak started in mid-November, according to UNICEF.

In the Marshall Islands they have been contending with a severe dengue threat, followed by influenza, while also ensuring the islands are prepared for any measles outbreak.

"We're helping to detect, map and stop measles' spread, and have deployed our technical specialists in epidemiology, cluster coordination, infectious diseases, vaccination and risk communications to assist".

Josh Green, who is leading the team from Hawai'i, said he had witnessed the toll of the outbreak firsthand but was hopeful of an end in sight.

Samoa has received aid to combat the crisis from Australia, New Zealand, France, Britain, China, Norway, Japan, the United States and the United Nations.

Rachel Karalus, CEO of the K'aute Pasifika Trust, says the measles outbreak points to a much bigger issue - inequality within the global health system.

"We will be collecting from those attending Friday prayers and donating to Samoa directly, and encouraging those in our community to donate themselves also if they want to".

"It's also crucial to cover those that missed vaccination before, and to push forward progress on routine immunization programmes so we don't see another spike in cases in the coming years". We need bold, clear and lasting political, practical and financial commitments to stamp out measles for good.

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