There are 16 confirmed and two probable cases of typhoid in the city and 12 people are in hospital. One Samoan woman died in Auckland Hospital earlier this week. She had serious health issues, but typhoid was a complicating factor. Samoa’s Ministry of Health wants residents or recent travellers to Mt Roskill, Manurewa and Blockhouse Bay to report in. The Ministry is also advising everyone to boil drinking water, wash fruit and vegetables with warm water and wash their hands before preparing food. It warns people to get medical help if they’ve had a high fever, digestive problems or diarrhoea.
alleged murderer still in hawai‘i
TONGA –Reports from Tonga say the United States government is still considering the extradition of the yachtie Dean Jay Fletcher who’s been charged with murdering his wife in Tonga. Matangi Tonga reports that Fletcher has asked for a stay of extradition possibly on humanitarian grounds. Fletcher who is an American citizen escaped police custody in Vava‘u last year and fled to American Samoa on his yacht the Sea Oak. Tonga’s Acting Attorney General ‘Aminiasi Kefu said Tonga’s prosecutors have to wait until the US Secretary of State made the final decision on whether or not to extradite Fletcher back to Tonga from Hawai‘i.
DRUG DOGS NEEDED AT SCHOOL GATES
AMERICAN SAMOA – Principals of all public high schools on American Samoa’s main island of Tutuila say they have a drug problem in their schools. They were speaking at a Senate Committee hearing which was prompted by last week’s report that seven Faga‘itua High School students were suspended for smoking marijuana. The seven students have been referred to the Office of the Attorney General. The hearing was told the drugs were brought to school by the students themselves. A former police commissioner, Senator Tuaolo Manaia Fruean, has recommended that the government invest in more sniffer dogs to check school gates. One principal told the hearing that teachers were not authorised to conduct searches of students for drugs.
FIJI CONCERNED AT YOUTH SUICIDES
FIJI – Fiji police have expressed concern that many suicide victims are very young and that more younger people attempt to kill themselves. Speaking at the National Symposium on Suicide Prevention, the Assistant Commissioner Isikeli Ligairi said some suicide victims were younger than 16. Assistant Commissioner Ligairi told FBC News they recorded 13 children who committed suicide in 2013 and 15 child suicides in 2015. He urged parents and relevant stakeholders to work collaboratively in trying to reduce these numbers.