No less than 53 died of measles in Samoa – Norway sends medical workforce

Ine Eriksen Søreide.Minister of Overseas Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide(Norway).Picture: Vidar Ruud / NTB scanpix

Norway is sending a medical workforce to Samoa to help within the battle towards the measles outbreak that has to this point claimed over 50 lives, most of them youngsters.


Thus far, three,728 instances of measles have been registered because the outbreak started in mid-October, Samoa well being authorities stated on Monday. 53 individuals have died, 48 of them are youngsters below 4.

The authorities of the Pacific nation have declared a state of emergency, and the World Well being Group (WHO) has requested different nations for help in combating the outbreak. Norway is organising a well being workforce.

– It is a severe state of affairs. The well being programs in Samoa wouldn’t have the capability to deal with an outbreak of this magnitude, and there’s restricted capability within the area. It’s particularly younger youngsters who change into severely unwell. I’m happy that Norway has the chance to reply positively to the WHO’s request for help with humanitarian help, stated Overseas Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide (H).


Different medical help contributing nations embody France, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Japan.

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