HRPP Leader commends frontliners for their “selfless service”


Leader of the Human Rights Protection Party, former Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi has commended the frontliners for the “selfless service” putting themselves at risk for the sake of the Country.

He said on every battlefield frontliners, referring to nurses and doctors are the first to die in the line of duty and their sacrifice is commendable.

Tuilaepa’s comments were made on TV1 during his first public appearance earlier this week since his return home from medical treatment overseas.

He also thanked members of the Disaster Advisory Committee and Cabinet for efforts put in place for the safety of the public.

However, the former Prime Minister said the Government should provide the country with the latest updates on a daily basis noting that it’s important for the public “to be in the know” of what is happening.

The Prime Minister also called on Village Councils and Chiefs in the respective villages to lend a hand and assist the Ministry of Health in implementing health measures in place to minimise the speed of Covid in the Country.

Last week Director-General, Leausa Dr Take Naseri said they are looking at issuing updates every other day, but not on the daily basis.

He pointed out there are not enough staff to do data cleaning and gathering.

Also, the number of cases is fluctuating and therefore daily updates will paint the wrong picture if the numbers decrease and then increase the next day.

According to the Director-General, data is important as they are required to submit accurate data to the World Health Organisation to determine where Samoa is in terms of COVID worldwide.

Today, the Ministry of Health confirmed 485 new community cases in the last 24 hours.

“This brings the number of community cases recorded since 17th March 2022 to 6,731. Of the 6,731 community cases; 6,201 cases are reported in Upolu, 525 cases in Savaii and five cases detected in Manono Tai.

There are 16 cases in managed isolation and three critical cases in ICU at the Moto’otua Hospital within the period commencing from 2:00pm 18th April to 2:00pm 19th April, 2022.

The death toll for Samoa stands at 12.