Samoa: Second Nurse Charged with Manslaughter

Updated The Samoa Police Service has confirmed this afternoon that a second nurse has been charged with manslaughter in relation to the MMR vaccine investigation at Safotu district hospital in Savaii on Friday 6 July. Police statement says the 52-year-old female nurse was arrested and charged last night. She has been remanded at liberty this morning […]

Samoa: Manslaughter Charge for Nurse Related to Infants Deaths

A senior Samoan nurse has been charged with manslaughter in relation to the deaths of two one-year-old babies who died soon after receiving the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine at Safotu district hospital in Savaii last month. She has also reportedly been charged with perverting the course of justice and negligence causing death. Samoa’s Attorney […]

NZ: Manukau’s Kidney Patients Given New Lease of Life

A new programme offered by New Zealand’s Counties Manukau Health (Counties Manukau DHB) is giving more time back to patients who need dialysis. Nocturnal Dialysis was introduced at Middlemore Hospital earlier this year for patients experiencing kidney failure who require regular dialysis treatment. Patients who dialyse at hospital usually receive dialysis for five hours three […]

Samoa: Nurse Charged in Infant MMR Vaccine Related Deaths

Samoa’s Attorney General Lemalu Herman Retzlaff has issued a statement this evening reporting that one of the nurses involved with the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination of two babies who died in Savaii a month ago, has been charged by police. No information as yet on what the charges are, however, the Attorney General said the charges […]

How Much Physical Activity Do You Really Need?

Physical activity has recently come to be seen as one of the best forms of medicine available. Studies have shown that simply getting on your feet can ward off all manner of ill health, from cancers to cardiovascular diseases. But how much do you need to do to reap the benefits? By Catherine de Lange For […]

Going Viral : Communicating Health in Age of Social Media

In the age of social media, fears and rumours about outbreaks and epidemics can quickly spread out of control. How can health officials help contain the panic? By Mike Ives In the spring of 2014, Vietnam’s state-controlled news media reported that dozens of children had died after turning up at hospitals in the capital, Hanoi, […]

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