6 Aug 2009

Schools in Samoa expected to reopen next week

11:28 am on 6 August 2009

Samoa's Ministry of Health says schools in the country are expected to reopen next Monday after being closed for two consecutive weeks in an effort to control the spread of swine flu.

The ministry also says a new clinic targeting pregnant mothers with flu symptoms due to open this week will be manned by midwives and on-call doctors.

It says the medical personnel are from the ministry and the Oceania University of Medicine as well as the medical students of the National University of Samoa's faculty of Nursing and Health Science.

A special isolation ward at the main Tupua Tamasese Meaole hospital has been set up and has twenty three H1N1 patients still undergoing medical treatment.

The ministry says there are now 90 swine flu cases in the country.