11 Dec 2019

Mass vaccination campaign starting to help in Samoa - NZ doctor

From , 5:02 am on 11 December 2019

A doctor leading New Zealand's medical response to the measles epidemic in Samoa says he's hopeful the mass vaccination programme is beginning to help.

Dr Alan Wright is the Clinical Team Leader for the New Zealand Medical Assistance Team 'Bravo', the second rotation to help in Samoa with the outbreak. 

He is running the response at Leulumoega District Hospital, effectively turning it into a measles clinic with all other patients diverted elsewhere.

Jenny Meyer asked Dr Wright for an update on the measles situation in Samoa. 

More than 120 vaccination teams went out on Thursday across Samoa. We were told at the end of the day about 5500 vaccinations were given out on the first day of the government shutdown.

Photo: RNZ / Logan Church