People without the measles vaccine have been told to leave a red flag or cloth outside their homes.
Samoa's immunisation r ate has risen to 55 percent over the past fortnight and Yett said this week's two-day drive aimed to push it above 90 percent, which should help curb the current outbreak and stop future epidemics.
"In 2016 there were more than 500 measles cases in England, many in teenagers and young people attending summer festivals who'd missed out on their MMR vaccine in childhood".
The North Kivu campaign will be followed by a third and final phase planned to roll out across the 10 remaining provinces to be covered, with the mass follow-up campaign ultimately planned to reach 18.9 million children across the country by the end of the year.
The Government of Samoa says now there more than 4,300 measles cases they have received since the outbreak started, including 140 in the last 24 hours.
According to Radio New Zealand (RNZ), he threatened police detention for people who discouraged vaccinations or promised healing via traditional therapies to beat the highly contagious airborne virus.More news: How major USA stock indexes fared Thursday
"It's devastating, it can be a death sentence for a child here where there's low immunisation and possibly other health issues going on in the background", he said from the capital Apia. Of the deceased, 54 were children aged 4 and below.
Samoa on Friday entered the second day of a lockdown as it administers compulsory vaccinations.
Yet for an island nation of just 195 000 people, the outbreak has severely stretched the health system.
"We're helping to detect, map and stop measles' spread, and have deployed our technical specialists in epidemiology, cluster coordination, infectious diseases, vaccination and risk communications to assist".
UNICEF has delivered six 42 sqm tents, which will be used as vaccination sites or isolation wards for patients with measles.
Lt. Gov. Josh Green pulled together a team of doctors a nurses to fight a measles outbreak in Western Samoa where there have been 62 related deaths.More news: Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker scene ‘to premiere in Fortnite’
A WHO coordination officer is working with the teams from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom from inside Samoa's Ministry of Health.
As Samoa struggles to get on top of its measles outbreak, the threat is rising around the Pacific.
Two babies died after receiving measles vaccination shots a year ago, which lead to the temporary suspension of the country's immunisation programme and dented parents' trust in the vaccine.
"The best way to keep children safe is to make sure they're immunised".
The public was often surprised "when we see how fatal it can be", said Hagan.
"We will be collecting from those attending Friday prayers and donating to Samoa directly, and encouraging those in our community to donate themselves also if they want to". "We speak about a nation that literally had no vaccination for a certain number of months and that happened on the ground of the very sad story that happened past year with the two babies killed during a routine vaccination", Ms. Marinescu stated. We need bold, clear and lasting political, practical and financial commitments to stamp out measles for good.More news: Caitlyn Jenner's jungle challenge over as she's voted off TV show