Supporting Samoa

Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) has been engaged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) to be part of the official New Zealand response to the measles outbreak in Samoa. They put out a call to health Professionals across Australia and New Zealand, and our own Peti Niko volunteered to go on a rotation.

Peti recently completed her 2 week rotation in Samoa. The Primary care team saw over 4,000 patients including over 1500 vaccinations delivered by the nursing team.

The teams are comprised of senior experienced clinicians, doctors and nurses all of whom have either worked extensively in Samoa and whom speak Samoan. This enabled the teams to be fully functioning from the first day. They worked 12 hour days ensuring they provided outreach services to some of the most isolated villages.

In a  letter of gratitude to Monash Health for releasing Peti from her normal duties,

Debbie Sorensen (CEO of the PMA) stated that they have been able to deploy more than 65 medical, nursing and mental health personnel in Samoa, and this number is growing

More details about this mission can be found here

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