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Par Hawaii Supports Emergency Medical Mission

Dec 6, 2019


Par Hawaii is proud to support the emergency medical mission to help the children and people of Samoa deal with a tragic outbreak of measles.

Our company donated $30,000 worth of fuel to Hawaiian Airlines to help defray the cost of carrying supplies, medical equipment and a 76 person volunteer team made up of fifty nurses and eleven doctors from The Queen's Health Systems and emergency health care workers from Hawaii Healthcare Emergency Management, Air Med International and Hawaii Life Flight to treat patients in Apia, Samoa.

The island nation is struggling to manage a measles epidemic that has claimed 60 lives, most of them children. Samoa reported 3,881 separate cases as of today and an emergency room staffed by two doctors has been overwhelmed.

The Hawaii volunteers plan to vaccinate 50,000 Samoa residents over the next several days.

Lt. Governor Josh Green, an emergency room doctor, is leading the mission. The medical mission is being completely funded by donations and will not use any tax payer funds.

If you would like to help, the Healthcare Association of Hawaii is collecting donations. Please contact them at 521-8961 for more information.

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) is warning travelers about measles outbreaks throughout the Pacific and in other areas around the world. There have been four reported cases of measles in Hawaii this year and DOH is urging residents to get vaccinated against the highly contagious disease.

For more information, please visit: https://health.hawaii.gov/docd/disease_listing/measles/