28 Jul 2009

Ministry of Health in Samoa suspends health clinics due to swine flu operation

11:20 am on 28 July 2009

Samoa's Ministry of Health says its closed temporarily several health clinics in order to assign more doctors and nurses to the H1N1 swine flu clinic in the capital, Apia.

The Ministry says the clinic, which opened last week, saw more than four hundred people with flu like symptoms on its first day.

The director of health services, Dr Limbo Fiu, says the heart, diabetes and maternity clinics are those which have been closed temporarily.

The Ministry of Health also says it has increased its awareness campaign of how quick the virus can spread via the media.

All government schools, church and private schools are closed this week in an attempt to contain the spread of the H1N1 virus.

Samoa now has 37 confirmed H1N1 influenza cases in the country.