December 13, 2017

Health Ministry never withholds any H1N1 information

Meeting on effective preventive and control measures in progress. Photo: MNA

“We are releasing real information on the seasonal influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 in real time,” said Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe at a meeting in downtown Yangon yesterday.
“We have never withheld any information about the infection of the disease,” he also assured.
The minister pointed out heightened public awareness, self-protection plus self-control and strict observance of the directives issued by the Health and Sports Ministry as vitally important steps against the seasonal influenza.
A large number of pamphlets and posters are in distribution all over the country, he told the participants who were seeking preventive and control measures that were more potent. The minister also dealt with emergency response, monitoring, prevention and control, treatment, and health awareness activities in connection with the seasonal influenza, saying, media should distribute correct information to the public.
Participants then discussed preventive measures, the occurrence of the disease in the world and in Myanmar, lab testing and other matters.
In the evening, the minister looked into the requirements in admitting, examining and treating persons suspected of H1N1 infection at a hospital in North Okkala Township in the north of Yangon. He also thanked officials of Kanbawza Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation, SML Medical Centre and Okkar Thiri Co. Ltd for contributing USD 150,000 worth of medical equipment and medicines for prevention and control of the disease. With another 3 deaths due to H1N1 influenza reported in Yangon on Sunday, the total number of deaths  is now 10, or 5.49 per cent of those who have been  confirmed to have contracted the virus, said the Ministry of Health and Sports.
The Ministry of Health and Sports urged everyone to follow their precautionary measures, which include avoiding crowds, frequent washing of  hands, use of disposable tissues when sneezing and coughing, and through cleaning of utensils and plates before use.—Thae Naing Oo (Myanmarsar)/ Myanmar News Agency

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