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No Swine flu in Samoa as passenger screening implemented
« on: May 07, 2009, 02:48:14 PM »
Implementation of H1N1 Influenza health emergency preparedness plan

The government of American Samoa announced today of successful implementation of H1N1 Influenza health emergency preparedness plan at Pago Pago International Airport for Hawaiian Air flights.

Governor Togiola issued the following statement as an update on how American Samoa health and emergency officials are handling the H1N1 Influenza.

STATEMENT

“I want to thank you again for remaining calm. I can appreciate the concerns of our island residents about the H1N1 flu, and I want to assure our people that our Department of Health is working aggressively on our health care response and its implementation.

I am happy to report that our health and emergency officials have informed me that Sunday night’s Hawaiian Air flight monitoring, screening and testing of passengers was a great success.

Department of Health officials say their operation of collecting health questionnaires from arriving passengers and more importantly the visual screening of passengers with signs of flu-like illnesses went smoothly.

Health officials said that they had three passengers with what is considered low risk suspect cases of the flu, and those passengers were escorted to the mobile tent for further medical evaluation. Only one passenger was sampled for flu testing, and the result returned negative for any type of influenza.

Health officials say they hope to improve their targeted timeframe inside the aircraft after landing to 5 to 10 minutes. They are happy to report that they were onboard the Hawaiian Air aircraft for only 6 minutes before passengers were allowed to disembark. There were some minor glitches, yet, they were able to handle the flight without causing too much confusion.

All in all our health officials are happy to say --considering that it was their first time-- they considered the screening process at the airport a great success. The same procedure will is being planned for this Thursday night’s flight from Honolulu, and future flights.

We are aware of the 3 confirmed cases in the state of Hawaii and we know that they were home isolated cases and are low risk cases. In view of the new development, we have decided to continue our border control measures in collaboration with the Independent State of Samoa to ensure that public health prevention measures are maintained and so that we continue to stay ahead of the situation.

Our health and emergency officials will be at the Fagatogo wharf in the morning upon arrival of The Lady Naomi from Apia. They will conduct similar border surveillance with passengers from Samoa.

Our health officials say they continue to receive vital resources, information and other necessary assistance through their contacts at World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control. And all indication across the United States and the globe say that H1N1 influenza in under control at this point.

I wish to thank all the people of American Samoa for staying calm and allowing our health officials to do their part in assessing and monitoring conditions of H1N1 Influenza.

Let’s continue to do what we are doing regarding health etiquette, as in covering up when you cough, sneeze into your arm rather than your hand, frequent hand washing, staying home and away from school, work, church or large gatherings if you have flu-like symptoms.

On behalf of the Department of Health, LBJ Hospital, American Samoa Department of Homeland Security, Attorney Generals’ Office and Immigration Office of the Department of Legal Affairs, and the American Samoa Government, I would like to say thank you to Hawaiian Air for their cooperation, support and assistance of our health and emergency officials. And I would also like to say thank you to our health and emergency officials and health preparedness emergency team for a great job in exercising operating procedure.

As promised, and as new information is received, I will keep you informed on the H1N1 Influenza virus and continue to stay ahead of the situation. Thank you,again, for  remaining calm. Fa’afetai.”

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Re: Still No Swine flu in Samoa
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2009, 02:15:35 PM »
As of Wednesday this week, June 3, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported 19,273 cases in 48 countries, including 117 confirmed deaths.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in the United States 11,054 cases have been confirmed in 48 states, including 17 deaths.

Here are some statistics from the South Pacific:

-Hawaii has 115 cases with no deaths.
-New Zealand has 9 cases and no deaths.
-Australia has 633 cases and no deaths.
-Samoa: No cases have been reported in the Independent State of Samoa.

 


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