Friday, August 18, 2017

H1N1 death toll rises to 19: ministry

Two more H1N1 infected people have died during the past two days, pushing the death toll in the deadly influenza outbreak to 19, the Ministry of Health and Sports said Wednesday.

People wear face masks in downtown Yangon on August 9. Nyan Zay Htet/The Myanmar TimesPeople wear face masks in downtown Yangon on August 9. Nyan Zay Htet/The Myanmar Times

Seventeen more people were confirmed to have been infected with the virus during the last 24 hours, bringing to 183 the total number of confirmed H1N1 patients in the country since the outbreak was first reported on July 21.

“We are trying to control the disease. The infection is still beig found in communities. So, we can’t say we have controlled. We are carefully observing the situation,” Dr Than Tun Aung, Deputy Director General told The Myanmar Times.

He added that it is not only health department that should work to control the spread of H1N1 but also the public’s cooperation is very important to control the disease.

“The disease can spread by air. Currently, the infection rate is still rising. To control the disease, we must reduce the death rate and infection rate of, “said DrThan Tun Aung.

Dr Myint Han, Director General of Department of Medical Services said last week that prevention, protection, surveillance, treatment measure are being implemented not only in government hospitals but also in private hospitals and clinics, and collaboration with Myanmar Medical Association and GP society.

He said last week that the H1N1 cases were reported from Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon Region, Ayeyarwaddy Reion, Bago, Saging, Magway, Mandalay and Tanintharyi regions, Mon and Chin states.

Rakhine, Kachin and Kayan states didn’t report H1N1 cases so far.

The Ministry of Health and Sports announced that people who are suffering from tuberculosis and kidney disease as wells as elderly persons, children and pregnant women should be aware and strictly follow the guidelines on how to prevent being infected by the disease as announced by the Ministry of Health and Sports. If someone experiences symptoms of disease, he or she should go quickly to the health departments or hospitals.