20 May 2008

Samoa Ministry of Health defends typhoid efforts

8:54 pm on 20 May 2008

The Samoan ministry of health says it's serious about tackling typhoid infections in the country.

The World Health Organisation continues to accuse Samoa of not doing enough to address the severity of typhoid, saying the main hospital sees up to 12 suspected typhoid cases a day.

It says the most probable source of the disease is contaminated water caused by leaking, colonial water pipes serving Apia.

But the ministry of health denies this, saying while it's addressing the water pipe problem through a European Union funded project, the confirmed typhoid cases do not stem from an area served by colonial water pipes.

It adds it's also trying to raise public awareness about the illness through TV ads and school programmes.