31 Dec 2012

NZ still to decide on medical help for cyclone victims

10:12 pm on 31 December 2012

The New Zealand government is yet to decide if it will send nurses and doctors to Samoa to help in the aftermath of cyclone Evan.

Last week, the Samoa Ministry of Health said it requested the personnel because its staff were worn out coping with the demand from people affected by the storm.

It says health workers have been dealing with an influx of patients with infected wounds and respiratory complaints while significant concerns remain about the dangers of typhoid and food-borne disease.

Radio New Zealand International reports that the ministry says it cannot be certain everyone needing help around Upolu has been reached.

New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed it has received the request.

It says New Zealand and Australia are discussing specific needs with the Samoan government and its development partners.