Prime Minister Visits NEOC During Lockdown – Lifts Morale of Staff on Duty

PM fiame Naomi Mataafa visits NEOC, Day 1 of lockdown, 23 Jan 2022. Image: NEOC.

The National Emergency Operations Centre was treated to a visit by the nation’s Prime Minister on Sunday afternoon, the first day of a 48-hour lockdown since Samoa registered 15 cases of Covid-19.

It has been two years of protecting Samoa’s borders from covid-19 and Hon Fiame Naomi Mataafa’s visit was a welcomed morale booster for staff and workers at the NEOC headquarters at Tuanaimato.

The Prime Minister offered words of encouragement, stopped to speak to staff and engaged with them on the status of various tasks being delivered through the Centre to support the nationwide lockdown.

The operation centre is being manned by authorized personnel from various government Ministries, including the Ministry of Health, the Samoa Police Service, Fire and Emergency Services, Finance, Natural Resources and Environment, and the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (MPMC).  Samoa’s NEOC is Chaired by Agafili Shem Leo, the CEO of MPMC.

Although Samoa’s positive cases are all passengers from a repatriation flight who’ve been isolated since arrival, Samoa is taking no chances, to ensure the spread of covid-19 does not enter the community.

Samoa has had no community case since the global pandemic took the world by storm two years ago.

To date, coronavirus has claimed over 5.6 million lives worldwide. There are currently over 6.6 million active cases with over 95,000 of those registered as being in “serious or critical condition”.