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Samoan Government allocates 2.5 million US dollars to help relief work for the measles epidemic

Samoan Government allocates 2.5 million US dollars to help relief work for the measles epidemic

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Monday 02/12/2019
A baby who has measles at a clinic in Samoa. [Photo: RNZ]

The Samoan Government has allocated 2.5 million US dollars to help relief work around the measles epidemic.

Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, says the money would be spent to meet several needs such as upgrading hospitals.

Radio NZ reports there have been at least 48 measles-related deaths since the outbreak last month, most of the dead being children under four years old.

The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, stated that next month the government would table in Parliament a proposed legislation that would impose penalties against parents who ignored the compulsory vaccination order that had been ordered.

He says the Parliament would urgently discuss and pass the legislation in the coming weeks to make sure that it becomes law by January.

[Source:Radio New Zealand]

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