National State of Emergency declared in Samoa for measles epidemic. 7 babies dead so far, 800+ people sick and growing daily. The hospitals are running out of everything, but I'm focusing on the kids and their families who are really struggling as many people are unable to work and really struggling for basics.
Food will be bought and given to the soup kitchens.
Nappies and milk powder I will distribute personally.
I'm already doing what I can, but have very limited resources. I'm immune as I had measles as a kid, so I'm able to get around with no issues.
I'll just be doing the milk powder and nappy runs for a couple of days. Everything is being closed down. I've dropped off enough to those outside walking distance to keep them going for a couple of days. So all good.
For non Samoan speakers we're basically shutting the country down except for essential services for 2 days. My understanding is no driving, no shops and all non essential govt services.
UK is sending a medical team so that's great News, this is the resource we need most I reckon. NZ team has been here for a while working hard. UK team
Strange clinics have popped up and are treating people with all sorts of weird remedies like boiling water, holy oil and Kangen water for a price. This chap has been ordered to close down but no idea if he has. Seems unlikely.
There's still huge resistance to vaccination and lots of people preaching against it. Hopefully something can be actually enforced against them.
These people are doing a solid job feeding hundreds every day, yet even have time to mention our small efforts. This got pointed out to me today, so I thought I'd share it on here. Don't really think I've done 5 drops there, maybe, I've been all over the island several times.
I'll just be doing the milk powder and nappy runs for a couple of days. Everything is being closed down. I've dropped off enough to those outside walking distance to keep them going for a couple of days. So all good.For non Samoan speakers we're basi…