The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Health Leausa Toleafoa Dr. Take Naseri
By Lagi Keresoma
APIA, SAMOA: TUESDAY 28 JULY 2015: The quick response by the Ministry of Health in returning an Australian woman suspected with the Ebola virus has earned praise and acknowledgement from the village of Satapuala.
The Tu’ua of Satapuala village Vaili Mimita told Talamua that when the woman was quarantined at the Faleolo District Hospital, the school committee decided to close the school for a whole week based on the advice by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, Sports & Culture (MESC). The school is next door to the Hospital.
Also closed to the public was the Faleolo District Hospital used to quarantine the woman.
Vaili said when they realized the reason behind the Ministry’s concern when a warning given to the village people to stay away from the hospital area.
“Please express our sincere thanks to the Ministry of Health for the quick response to avert the problem that many of the country did not know,” said Vaili.
The woman arrived at the airport during the busy week of the arrival of the All Blacks and the historic clash with Manu Samoa and the whole country’s focus on the game and little were they aware of the major concern at the Faleolo District Hospital.
The woman according to the report by the Health Chief Executive Officer, Leausa Toleafoa Dr.Take Naseri , was working in Liberia for sometimes before returning to Australia.
According with health protocols, anyone exposed to a virus stricken area should be quarantined for 3 weeks or 21 days.
The CEO said the Ministry’s concern was when they were informed that the woman was planning to visit Samoa.
Leausa said a request was put out through the Australia High Commissioner’s office in Apia to stop the woman from visiting Samoa until she was fully quarantined. However, the woman arrived in Samoa in the early weeks of July 2015.
The Ministry ‘s concern was that there were no medicine to treat such cases in Samoa and for the protection of the country, a recommendation to return the woman was put to the Prime Minister and the Minister for Health.
Health Minister Tuitama Leao Talalelei Tuitama told Talamua that once notified of the situation, there was no other option but to return the woman.