8 Oct 2009

More medical staff travel to Samoa

5:48 pm on 8 October 2009

Medical staff with specialised emergency expertise left New Zealand for Samoa on Wednesday and six more workers will soon follow, to help in the wake of the tsunami in the South Pacific.

The staff are some of the 500 from around the country who have volunteered to help following the earthquake-triggered tsunami last week that devastated villages on the southern coast of Upolu island.

Earlier this week, a plastic surgeon and a psychiatrist from the Canterbury District Health Board travelled to Samoa to join the small team of New Zealand medical personnel there.

Health Minister Tony Ryall says the New Zealanders carried out 27 operations on Monday and 15 on Tuesday, most of which involved the surgical cleaning of wounds and setting broken limbs.

Two nurses, one lab technician and three health protection officers will be the next to go to Samoa.