Some of the victims mothers of the measles have been reaching out to SVSG for help, via the 24 hour free Help Line during this crisis situation. Most of them just wanted someone to talk to; and the calls usually came in late at nights or early mornings. These are mothers dealing not only with trauma and grief, but mostly with uncertainty as to what to do next?. And we have been responding to these calls accordingly.
One of the callers was the 28 year old Natasha Ierome Uia of Lotopa, who lost both her husband USA Ielome and her 5 year old daughter Oliana to the measles. According to Natasha, “I feel numb, lost and empty.” And the weight of these words leaves a void in the heart.
At Vaimoso, the Measles Outreach Team found Moana decorating her 1 year old daughter’s grave with Christmas glitters. “This is my way of getting into the spirit of Christmas despite this aching pain of losing Siia’e.”
The parents Oli and Moana requested counseling support for their family as they tried to come to terms with the loss of their youngest child.
When the Outreach Team attended to a call from a grandmother at Malie, she confirmed to the Team that all 6 members of her family have not been vaccinated; 4 are children who have been infected with the measles and recovered. Her son age 46 died from the measles at home following regular visits to the hospital. This is another case of an unregistered dead from the measles discovered by the Outreach Team so far.
During the 10th day of the Measles Outreach, SVSG visited 11 families at Vaimoso, Lotopa, Malie and Afega. A total of 7 deaths were recorded by our Team from these families, inclusive of 2 unregistered children who passed away at home from the measles and were immediately buried.
Since Day 1 of the Measles Outreach to this 10th day, a total of 649 people have benefited from the SVSG Measles Outreach; recording 35 deaths from the 91 families. Out of the 35 deaths recorded, 5 have not been registered at the hospital as they passed away at home and were buried immediate by their families.
Thank you to the SVSG village representatives of Vaimoso - Manuleleua Lauese; Malie – Fa’amausili Siona; Afega – Maulolo Fa’afua Alefaio for making our work easier in reaching the affected families from the measles.
Lastly, this work of love would not be possible without the kind support and the encouragement from our families and friends.
Today, we acknowledge donation of $500.00 from Niu Pharmacy, NZD1,000 (ST1,683.50) from McCaw Lewis Lawyers of Hamilton New Zealand, Bathurst FT Service of Brisbane $872.90 and NZD1,500 from Milla & Isla Sopoaga all the way from the United Kingdom.
To our families and friends who donated via the Givealittle page, thank we say Faafetai lava – Thank you.