Samoa PM Medevaced To New Zealand For Treatment

Few details available after Tuilaepa was admitted to intensive care in Samoa yesterday

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Oct. 4, 2017) – Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, was admitted at the Moto’otua Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit yesterday.

[PIR editor's note: On Oct. 5, 2017 RNZI reported that 'Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has been airlifted to New Zealand for medical treatment.']

This was confirmed by several employees at the National Health Services who spoke to the Samoa Observer on the condition of anonymity.

“He was brought into the hospital before 12 noon,” said one employee.  “His driver was the one who brought him in. And he was admitted straight in the Intensive Care Unit.”  One government official told the Samoa Observer the Prime Minister was attending the Parliamentary Seminar at Taumeasina Island Resort when he fell ill. That was when he was taken to the hospital. 

Contacted for a comment, the C.E.O. of the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Agafili Shem Leo, said the Prime Minister was fine. 

“He was taken in for a regular checkup and there is nothing for the public to worry about,” he told the Samoa Observer over the phone. 

Last night,  a source at the hospital told the Samoa Observer that the P.M. could be flown to New Zealand for a medical check.

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