INDEPENDENT NEWS

NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa

Published: Fri 15 Nov 2019 08:25 AM
Rt Hon Winston Peters
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Foreign Affairs
15 November 2019
PĀNUI PĀPĀHO
MEDIA STATEMENT
Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak.
“In response to a request from people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines and 12 nurses to assist in containing a serious and growing measles outbreak,” Mr Peters said.
“Measles is highly contagious, and the outbreak has taken lives in Samoa. It is in everybody’s interests that we work together to stop its spread.”
The first nurses, who will administer vaccinations, will arrive on Wednesday, with other nurses working on rotation over the coming weeks.
The vaccines are undergoing final clearance to arrive in Samoa next week.
“New Zealand has already responded to earlier requests from Samoa for medical supplies, and for pharmaceutical refrigerators which are essential to preserving the efficacy of vaccines,” Mr Peters said.
Supplies to Samoa have included face masks, gowns, hand sanitiser and stretcher beds, and vaccination fridges.
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

PREFU Shows Economy Doing Better Than Forecast
By: New Zealand Government
PM Statement On Cabinet COVID-19 Alert Level Review
By: New Zealand Government
Greens Unveil $297m Fund To Support Sustainable Food And Farming
By: Green Party
National Releases Its Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity
By: New Zealand National Party
New Zealand First Party List
By: New Zealand First Party
Arriving Travellers In Isolation To Be Able To Vote By Telephone
By: Electoral Commission
National To Invest In Our Children’s Future
By: New Zealand National Party
Numerous Arrests Following Investigation Into Historical Offending At Auckland School
By: New Zealand Police
An Extra 100,000 New Zealanders To Lose Their Jobs Under Labour
By: New Zealand National Party
New Zealand First – ‘Experience Needed Now More Than Ever’
By: New Zealand First Party
CTU Take On Pre-election Economic And Fiscal Update
By: Council of Trade Unions
PREFU Reveals Higher Debt And Unemployment, Lower Growth
By: ACT New Zealand
New Zealand First ‘Agrees To Disagree’ On Alert Level 2 Decision
By: New Zealand First Party
Alert Level 2 Continuation A Slap In The Face To New Zealanders
By: ACT New Zealand
Now Isn’t The Time To Be Making Life Harder For Farmers
By: New Zealand National Party
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media