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October 17, 2018

2nd Amyotha Hluttaw 6th regular session 3rd day meeting

Amyotha Hluttaw is being convened in Nay Pyi Taw on 20 October 2017. Photo: MNA

In the 2nd Amyotha Hluttaw 6th regular session 3rd day meeting held yesterday morning at Amyotha Hluttaw meeting hall, a motion was debated and three asterisk-marked questions were asked and answered.
Dr. Sai Hsai Kyauk Sam of Shan State constituency 6 raised a question on plans to administer the H1N1 influenza virus vaccine and Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe replied that H1N1 is a seasonal influenza that occurs worldwide and is an epidemic in some countries. Whether the illness is widespread or localised is dependent upon the knowledge of the people and the effectiveness of the ministry’s conduct. Local and foreign businesses also helped in controlling H1N1. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection. Prevention and control of H1N1 is largely dependent on the conduct of the people rather than relying on the vaccine. Emphasis should be placed on people’s cooperation and understanding of the virus rather than on the vaccine, the Union Minister said.
Densely populated areas are liable to spread the infection more and thus it isn’t effective to administer the vaccine in sparsely populated area such as Kengtung. It is for this reason why vaccinations were not conducted in Kengtung. However, vaccinations were given in townships that are likely to be exposed to the virus. Vaccinations were given only to expecting mothers and children from the ages of 3 months to one year. There were 14 patients from Kengtung, Mongyawng, Tachilek, Mongton, and Monghsat townships who underwent treatment for seasonal influenza and two patients from Kengtung and one from the Mongyawng area who were infected with H1N1. There were no fatalities from the virus and all were eventually discharged from the hospital. About 4,500 doses of the vaccine were obtained via donations. If there are to be vaccinations administered in Kengtung, it will be conducted by Shan State Health Department in end October or early November, the Union Minister said.
Next, a question from U Kyaw Ni Naing of Shan State constituency 11 on constructing a district-level modern sports ground in Laukkai Township and a question from U Tet Tun Aung of Rakhine State constituency 2 on upgrading the village sub health station into a village health station in Pyinetaung Village were answered by Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe.

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