by Lauren Ferri ,
The Samoan government has ordered doctors to stop administering a vaccination protecting against the measles, mumps and rubella. The nation-wide halt was requested after two babies died minutes after receiving the MMR vaccination.
The babies were rushed to Safotu Hospital in Savai’i but couldn’t be saved.
The first baby, a one-year-old girl, died within three minutes of being injected with the vaccine, TV1 Samoa reported.
The nurse allegedly injected the boy without the parents’ consent and he died within one minute.
An immediate withdrawal of the vaccine was ordered by Ministry of Health CEO Dr Take Naseri.
A forensic autopsy on the two babies has also been requested. Their deaths are being investigated by police.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi expressed his condolences to the families via Facebook.
‘There are already processes that will determine if negligence is a factor. And if so, rest assured those processes will be implemented to the letter to ensure that such a tragedy will not be repeated and those responsible will be made to answer,’ he said.
‘Providing quality health care for our people remains a key government priority.’