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Acknowledging our service under PACMAT


28 February 2020


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NZ medical professionals deployed to Samoa as part of the PACMAT (photo credit Pasifika Medical Association).

SouthSeas Healthcare staff who were part of the Pasifika Medical Association Emergency Medical Team (PACMAT) in Samoa collaborated on the need to monitor those who were affected during the measles outbreak at a dinner debrief in Auckland recently.

Samoa’s health system and workers are facing exhaustion and they are now bracing themselves for another threat, the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.

SouthSeas Healthcare Chair Dr Teuila Percival who led the final rotation in Samoa says children are still vulnerable.

Dr Percival spoke about the need to see how patients who have recovered from measles are doing, and particularly the children.

With any outbreak, the people in Samoa and the Pacific Islands, especially children and infants are in real danger and urgently require medical attention. We have seen it recently with the dramatic situation in Samoa and New Zealand-based Pacific medical professionals will always try and help out where they can.

There were 83 deaths connected with the measles outbreak in Samoa, with PACMAT deploying over 80 health specialists.

The dinner was organised by Pasifika Medical Association to acknowledge the deployment to Samoa for the measles crisis.

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