Measles Outbreak in Samoa
Posted on November 22, 2019 by APTC in APTC FIji

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Talofa Partners and friends of Samoa,

The Samoa Tourism Authority released a notice on the measles outbreak in Samoa, issued Tuesday 18 November 2019 at 2.50pm (Samoa time) by the National Emergency Operation Centre (‘’NEOC’’).

The Government of Samoa declared, on Friday 15 November 2019, a Proclamation of Emergency for the Measles Outbreak for 30 days.

Samoa’s National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) was activated in response (more on this below) as per the National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) under the National Disaster and Emergency Act 2007.

The Ministry of Health urges people in the following prioritized age groups who are at high risk, to be vaccinated:
 All children: 6 months – 19 years of age
 Non pregnant females only: 20 – 35 years of age

The Ministry of Health has maximized its coordinated efforts to control the spread of Measles through a compulsory Mass Vaccination Campaign.

We strongly advise anyone travelling into Samoa who has not had an MMR vaccine for measles before should get vaccinated at their local doctor at least two weeks before travelling.

Clients travelling from Samoa into American Samoa will be required to provide authorities with documentation of proof of vaccination.

We kindly request that you pass on this advisory on to your respective departments, and also stress the importance of clients being vaccinated prior to arrival into Samoa.

Please refer to the full update below from the National Emergency Operation Centre in Samoa.

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NATIONAL EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTRE: On Friday 15 November 2019, the Government of Samoa declared a Proclamation of Emergency for the Measles Outbreak for 30 days. In response to the proclamation is the activation of the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) as per the National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) under the National Disaster and Emergency Act 2007.

NEOC will be responsible for the following areas with respective functions:
• Planning – manage the collation and evaluation of disaster information and data to develop the NEOC SITREP and Incident Action Plan.
• Operations – Coordinate and manage the incidents in the field and assist in the formation of the Incident Action Plan of the NEOC.
• Logistics – Responsible for obtaining and delivering resources as well as providing all logistics service and support functions for the incident and the NEOC.
• Community Welfare – Coordinate with Evacuation Centre Activation and support with Sectors, Line Ministries and Village Response Teams
• Public Information Management, Safety and Legal Section – Responsible for the formulation and release of information about the incident to the public. Preparation of Legal Documents, Safety and security of the NEOC and its Staff.

Before the Proclamation of Emergency, the Ministry of Health (MOH) activated its Emergency Operation Centre at Motootua on 11 November 2019 to coordinate efforts on mitigating the spread of the Measles Outbreak.

With the issuance of the Proclamation of Emergency the NEOC is the national coordination and national response with strong collaboration and advice from MOH on all other efforts for the duration of the Emergency Period.

Please direct all inquiries to the National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC) on telephone number 997.

Thank you and kind regards,

Vinaka and Talofa from your APTC Fiji team

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