Health Desk- 10 March 2020: WHO continues to support Samoa and Tokelau with preparations for COVID-19.
Both countries received infrared thermometers to assist with screening at ports of entry and healthcare facilities. They also received personal protective equipment (PPE) including medical masks, gloves and surgical gowns for doctors, nurses and patients to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
With Samoa on the cusp of declaring the end of its measles outbreak, having achieved a 46-day window since the last infectious period of measles and no new cases nor related deaths, the twin-island of approximately 200 000 people is now preparing for COVID-19.
As of 21 February 2020, 95% of the 1 868 persons who were admitted to hospital had recovered and returned home while approximately 134 499 persons, representing 95% of the eligible population, were vaccinated.
Samoans are still reeling, however, from the 83 deaths due to the outbreak and affected families are receiving psychosocial support from the Ministry of Health.