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June 03, 2020

Pyithu Hluttaw MP: let’s fight against H1N1

Nurses wearing masks are seen in Nay Pyi Taw. Two H1N1 patients are receiving medical care at a hospital in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: Aung Shine Oo

Members of Parliament will discuss the latest outbreak of the H1N1 virus at the Pyithu Hluttaw, urging the Union Government to extensively carry out the battle against the virus, which has claimed six lives so far in the country.
U Thein Htun of Kyaung Kone Constituency submitted a motion yesterday to the Pyithu Hluttaw to raise awareness and to reduce the risk of fatality from the seasonal H1N1 influenza.
He said 50 patients have received treatment between 19 and 27 July for the disease that affects the respiratory system.
Thirty patients have been confirmed to have the H1N1 influenza virus. Six of them have died, a fairly high fatality rate, MPs said.
“Many people assume they have contracted a normal flu, as the symptoms with the influenza are quite similar and this is one of the causes of death as people receive late treatment from it. Knowledge sharing seminars are planned to be held in schools, hospitals, offices, factories, bus stops, train stations, ports and airports,
as they have a large number of civilians passing through them”, said MP U Thein Htun in his motion to Pyithu Hluttaw.
One concern is that neighbouring India reports they had 12,460 cases of H1N1 influenza up till 17 July and 600 people have died from it. The motion urged health checks at ports and airports to people coming from India as well as Thailand.
The Ministry of Health and Sports issued a statement yesterday, stating that more people were confirmed to have contracted the H1N1 virus.
“The Ministry of Health and Sports is monitoring and carrying out prevention and control of the infection of H1N1 virus and 12 more patients suspected of have contracted with H1N1 are found from 2 pm on 27th July and 2 pm on 28th July. But, no more patients have died from the infection,” said the statement.
The statement also said that 10 patients receiving treatment for H1N1 at Matupi People’s Hospital were discharged from the hospital on 25th July after they recovered from the illness. The ministry will use laboratory testing and medicines including Tamiflu to be provided the World Health Organization and India.
The next meeting of the Pyithu Hluttaw will be on Monday, at which the H1N1 outbreak will be discussed.


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