(PRESS SECRETARIAT); The Government of Samoa through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment today launched its National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) 2017-2020 together with Samoa’s National Action Plan for Disaster Risk Management (NAP for DRM) 2017-2021.
26-27 July, Leaders of Pacific SIDs including Samoa met in Suva, Fiji for the Second Climate Action Partnership Program, to review outcomes of the Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Bonn (COP23) 2017 to prepare for COP 24 in Poland 2018. Australia, New Zealand and the territories were also invited and contributed during informal sessions. Fiji holding the Presidency of the COP23 continues to hold regional dialogue to harness a common coordinated voice to regional priorities endorsed.
Ms Ferila Brown (Principal Sustainable Developments), Ms Josie Chan Ting (Senior DRR) and Mr Silipa Mulitalo (Scientific Officer) had represented the Ministry to the Disaster Risk Reduction Workshop held in Bohol, Philippines.
The purpose of the workshop is to enhance and improve community resilience; to promote the uses of science and technology in addressing climate change and DRR issues; enhance and improve disaster displacement; strengthen Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in the Pacific Region.
The two-day workshop in Apia, Samoa brought together Samoa National Logistic Unit (SLU) partners, to provide an overview of Regional Pacific Logistic Cluster activities to date,and to start developing and reviewing Samoa’s national logistics coordination tools and mechanisms. Topics included:
The situational analysis of the dengue fever outbreak in Samoa as shown in the graph below portrays a continual decrease in the number of cases over the past 10 weeks. The cumulative total as of March 18th is 3,255 with a national attack rate of 16.6 per 1,000 population.
The epi-curve of DENV-2 outbreak in Samoa shows a gradual decline in the number of cases per week. However, the numbers are still high with an accumulative total of 3,001 cases recorded from both clinical diagnosis and laboratory results. The national attack rate per 1,000 population is 15.3 with 1.5% of Samoa’s population affected.
(PRESS SECRETARIAT); The National Disaster Committee, chaired by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, met today to discuss the status and effects of damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita - a Category 1 Cyclone currently affecting Samoa.
Reports submitted to the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) have detailed that the extent of damages caused by TC Gita are from flooding and strong winds.
“TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING CATEGORY 1 (39-54mph) WILL BE EFFECTIVE FOR SAMOA WITHIN THE NEXT 12-24HRS.”
“WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF SAMOA”
“HEAVY RAIN WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR SAMOA; FLOODING AND LANDSLIDE IS POSSIBLE FOR VULNERABLE AREAS.”
“FLOOD ADVISORY WILL BE EFFECTIVE FOR LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS DUE TO HIGH SURF FROM SATURDAY MORNING.”
“ADVISORY FOR SMALL CRAFT AND ALIA FISHING BOATS REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ALL SAMOA OPEN WATERS DUE TO STRONG AND GUSTY WITH HIGH COMBINED WAVES AND SWELLS.”
Samoa has confirmed a Dengue fever serotype2 outbreak that was detected in the month of October 2017. A bunch of blood samples were confirmed at the ESR Lab in New Zealand. From what we have, a cumulative total of 1,522 clinical and confirmed cases with 339 hospital admissions were recorded as of December 3rd. There have been 4 dengue related deaths recorded.
October 31st 2017, Apia – As officials gather in Bonn for the annual COP climate talks, the Government of Samoa and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today officially launched a multi-million dollar project (dubbed “IMPRESS” - “Improving the Performance and Reliability of Renewable Energy Power System in Samoa”) to enhance sustainable and cost-effective energy production in the Small Island Developing State.
Outlook for Samoa
This season 2017-2018, the Samoa Meteorology Division predicts a below normal risk of 1-2 cyclones that can pass within 400km radius of Samoa based on historical tropical cyclone data, with at least 1 tropical cyclone to reach Category 3 (wind speed of at least 178km/h or 111 mph) or greater (Cat.4 – Cat.5).
By Nanai Laveitiga Tuiletufuga
A complete opposite to his predecessor, Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull outlined a new additional support package from his government to manage climate change and improve resilience in the Pacific.
Report Date: 16th May 2016
National Health Surveillance & International Health Regulation Division.
ZIKA virus (ZIKV) has been reported in Samoa since 2015 by ILM Laboratory. Since then no further positive ZIKV tests were reported from there, including samples sent in 2016. Meanwhile, ESR Lab in NZ has confirmed ZIKV cases in Samoa from February 2016.
The DENV-3 outbreak in Samoa has shown continuing activity from 2015. Increasing activity was seen again from January 2016 with a fluctuating pattern but no steep increase as seen earlier, between June-August 2015.
So far the cumulative reported total is 1,188 cases with a national attack rate of 6.3 per 1,000 population.
25 APRIL 2016
Samoa was hit by Tropical Cyclone Amos on Saturday 23rd April 2016.
The Government’s response and recovery efforts is outlined in this media release and is based on information collected from multiple government agencies – namely the Disaster Advisory Committee’s reports to the National Disaster Council.
The DENV-3 outbreak in Samoa has shown a rise in numbers since epiweek 2, in January 2016 as seen in the DENV Epicurve.
The case definition for this outbreak is: an acute fever with any two of the following, a maculo-papular rash, joint or muscular pains, severe headaches, nausea and vomiting, pain behind the eyes, signs of bleeding and low white cell count. This takes into account the similar clinical picture for Dengue Like Illnesses (DLI) including other arbo-viral infections.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has written to Fijian Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama to offer condolences and extend support to the Government and People of Fiji in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston.
The cyclone, which has caused extensive destruction and loss of life, has left Fiji reeling as recovery efforts continue.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa offered Samoa’s prayers and thoughts to its Pacific neighbour, and has pledged assistance of FJD$100,000.00 towards the relief and recovery efforts currently underway.
- Laboratory results for 20 specimen sent for ZIKV screening at ILM Lab in Tahiti has arrived :
zero ZIKV detected
7 out of 20 specimen are positive DENV cases.
1. Case Definition for ZIKV from WHO/CDC which we will be using for surveillance purposes in Samoa:
Suspected case: Patient with rash or elevated body temperature (> 37.2 °C) with one or more of the following symptoms (not explained by other medical conditions):
Clinicians are reporting clinical cases believed to be ZIKV infections.
There has been a rise in number of reported Dengue-Like Illnesses from January 2016.
Local Laboratory testing shows a yield of at least 32% of positive DENV cases by rapid SD Duo test.
We continue to await Laboratory results for 20 specimen sent for ZIKV screening at ILM Lab in Tahiti.
WHO DECLARATION Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC): Microcephaly/ZIKV.
We, the Pacific Islands Ministers, gathered in Nadi, Fiji, on 28 October 2015 to deliberate on strengthening climate change resilience through reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH);