MOH outlines movement of first community case


As part of the Ministry of Health contact tracing, they continue to ask the public’s assistance for those who visited the areas in line with the movement of Samoa’s first community case of a 29-year-old Vaitele Tai woman was confirmed, to come forward for screening and testing.

Here are the dates:

  • 13th March 2022 at Apia International Christian Church
  • 14th March 2022 at Emergency Department of the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital
  • 16th March 2022 at around Apia area, Market, Library, CCK Apia, Fiji Airways
  • 17th March 2022; Vaitele Tai, Moto’otua Bus (8 am – 9 am) Public Health Building (9 am – before 11 am); Moto’otua and NUS Bus (11 am -11.30 am); National University of Samoa (NUS Campus) area next to the chemistry building around 11.30 – before 3 pm o MacDonald’s Restaurant around 3 pm – 4 pm. 

The MOH says in their public notice that with community transmission now a reality, further changes are being made to the testing strategy to ensure protection.

In a statement issued says the tests will focus on those who are symptomatic; close contacts of any person returning a positive test result; front liners, healthcare workers, and staff in high-risk areas.

The testing sites are the Samoa Tourism Authority Fale Samoa;  Ministry of Health Nurses Credentialing Building – Motootua and Samoa Red Cross – Tuanaimato.

They urge the public to self-assess and monitor themselves in case of any arising symptoms and for the public to go to the nearest screening site for further screening and testing.

Emphasis on prevention and protection measures as experienced years ago, these measures in place works, and staying at home saves lives.

The Ministry of Health says the best and easiest way to protect yourself and your family from getting this deadly virus, is by masking up, hand washing, coughing etiquette, and mostly social distance antsy home.

Furthermore, the Health authorities ask to be “kind” as anyone can contract COVID19 regardless of race, gender, age, or other personal qualities.

Accessibility to Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital is for emergencies only. All specialists’ clinics are closed; for emergencies for dental- Malifa dental clinic will be activated for dental emergencies only and all patients coming in the hospital (emergencies only)- will be swabbed.

Public is hereby advised to use nearest district hospital for any medical attention or general practitioners, wearing masks in the hospital is mandatory as well as showing your vaccination card is mandatory.

Only one caregiver is allowed per patient and for further information contact 8006440.