Samoa's government is approaching all public services for two days to fight the measles outbreak which killed more than 55 people and thousands more were inflicted in the South Pacific island nation in the last two months.
Almost 3,900 cases of measles were reported in the country, with a population of just 200,000. Scolonies are closed from the government he declared that the outbreak was an emergency outbreak last month.
The asthma, which takes place Thursday and Friday, is among the revival of measles in many countries in recent years, including in the United States, the Philippines, the Democratic Republic of Congo and a number of European countries. Worldwide, more than 140,000 people died from measles last year, according to estimates provided by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday.
In Samoa, where vaccination rates are low, more than 150 new cases of infection were unveiled on Monday only.
Most of the victims in the country are children and children under 4, who are part of the same chain of islands as American Samoa. The Samoan government said this week that half of the 29,000 most vulnerable children – those 6 months to 4 years – are still not vaccinated.
As in many other countries, officials have difficulties in swearing vaccines. For Samoa, the hHealth authorities say that many people were wary when two children died last year after they were given vaccines erroneously mixed with expired muscle tranquility instead of water.
Who is measles vaccination rate among infants in the country as high as 90 per cent in 2013, according to the World Health Organization, by last year it was down 31 per cent.
Mandatory vaccinations were made for everyone in Samoa last month, and the authorities are trying to accelerate the national immunization campaign.
“Our children and people will not be immune to any future epidemic if we have almost 100 per cent vaccination coverage,” said Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi during a visit to a hospital on Monday. “It's the only antidote.”
Mobile clinics reached remote villages and rural areas in recent weeks, and more than 110,000 people in Samoa have been vaccinated since early October, according to government figures.
As part of this week's shutdown, no vehicles were allowed on the roads, and Samoan was asked to stay at home to get vaccination units.
Schools were already closed under the national emergency, and children were banned from public meetings.
The country's hospitals are not able to cope with the crisis: the World Health Organization and UNICEF consider the country's main hospital to be one she needs at least 180 additional nurses to fight the measles outbreak.
“These hospitals are not designed to deal with this,” said Scott Wilson, a New Zealand doctor who helped health workers in Samoa, the Associated Press. He estimated that Samoa hospitals were run by “200 and 300 per cent.”
Despite government vaccination efforts, many are in the country turned on traditional medical practitioners, according to news reports.
The authorities in New Zealand, which ruled Samoa and who lived large Said Samoa diaspora the first case of measles in a recent outbreak in New Zealand was come from the Philippines, and that the disease was there moved to Samoa.
New Zealand's general health director Ashley Bloomfield added the national broadcaster RNZ the authorities were "looking at odd cases now coming back to New Zealand from Samoa."