Samoan seasonal workers reunite with family

Saturday August 01, 2020 Written by RNZP Published in Small World
Some local companies assisted during the quarantine period, providing hygienic products as well as food, and local mobile service provider Digicel provided sim cards and calling credit so the workers could talk to their family throughout their ordeal.  On hand to see the end of the quarantine were Ministry of Health staff along with the Chairman of the National Emergency Operations Centre, Ulu Bismarck Crawley. Some local companies assisted during the quarantine period, providing hygienic products as well as food, and local mobile service provider Digicel provided sim cards and calling credit so the workers could talk to their family throughout their ordeal. On hand to see the end of the quarantine were Ministry of Health staff along with the Chairman of the National Emergency Operations Centre, Ulu Bismarck Crawley.

One hundred and forty Samoan seasonal workers returning from New Zealand have been reunited with family and friends in Poutasi, around 32 kilometres south of Apia.

The men completed their 14 day quarantine on Friday and the Samoa Observer newspaper reported they were greeted by people who'd travelled from as far as Savai'i and Manono.

The group were repatriated seasonal workers who had been given the opportunity to be quarantined in their own village.

The 'in-village' quarantine had been organised by Poutasi High Chief Tuatagaloa Joe Annandale.

The workers were split in two and isolated in two village halls just a stone throw away from the district hospital and the police outpost.

Some local companies assisted during the quarantine period, providing hygienic products as well as food, and local mobile service provider Digicel provided sim cards and calling credit so the workers could talk to their family throughout their ordeal.

On hand to see the end of the quarantine were Ministry of Health staff along with the Chairman of the National Emergency Operations Centre, Ulu Bismarck Crawley.

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