Myanmar : has sought the help of the World Health Orgnization (WHO) to the worsening H1N1 influenza outbreak sweeping the country and killed six people.
The health department said that the number of confirmed H1N1 cases in the country rose by 50 per cent to 30 infected patients.
Dr Than Hun Aung, Deputy Director General of Department of Public Health said, “we have informed WHO headquarters about the disease situation” and asked for assistance.
“We have asked for special protective gears (for the doctors), drugs to treat patients and laboratory equipment,” he told The Myanmar Times yesterday.
“It is not an emergency situation now and if the condition gets worse we will ask for international assistance, but the situation is not so serious,” he added.
Since the outbreak on July 19, 50 suspected patients had been tested nationwide, and 30 patients were confirmed suffering from the Seasonal Influenza A (H1N1).
The Health Ministry’s statement said the suspected patients that were transferred to private hospitals and government hospitals displayed symptoms of Severe Acute Respiratory Illness.
In Yangon, 19 patients, among 39 suspected patients from government hospitals, were confirmed with H1N1 and six had died.
The suspected patients came from Yangon General Hospital, Yankin Children Hospital, Thingyangun Syanpya Hospital, Yangon Children Hospital, Yangon Central Women’s Hospital, Insein General Hospital, North Okkalapa Hospital and a private hospital.
A patient from Bago General Hospital was confirmed with H1N1 positive and 10 H1N1 patients from Chin State are safe, the ministry’s statement added.
Dr Myint Myint Khine, Medical Superintendent of Yankin Children Hospital said that the “three children who have been diagnosed with seasonal flu, one with H3N2 and two were H1N1 positive, are under observation.”
She added that the hospital has prepared the isolation rooms for children suspected to be afflicted with H1N1.
“We tested the children with suspected symptoms through rapid diagnose test at first. The nasopharyngeal swat of the children had been sent to National Health Laboratory, “she added. “The hospital has enough medicines for treatment.”
Dr Aung San Min, Medical Superintendent of Thingyangun Sanpya Hospital said that a five-year-old girl died on Tuesday and a 34 man died earlier in the day from H1N1.
“We will manage based on the guidelines of the ministry,” he said.
Dr Than Tun Aung, said “The virus is already found in the country in the past and I think it has become a bit virulent. Moreover, the worsening weather condition could be a cause.”
“We are getting more information about the disease as pubic are becoming more aware about it,” he said.
He said that when they conducted medical tests on the dead patients, they have low resistance and were suffering from other diseases as well.
Dr Kyaw Thet Soe, a doctor in Yangon said, “At the moment, most patients come with flu symptoms. As the symptoms of normal flu and H1N1 are similar, people should take care of themselves and should take preventive measures.”
Daw Khin Hla, a grand-mother from Nyaungdon township, Ayeyarwaddy Region said, “My grandson is admitted at the township hospital as he was taken ill. Now, we are worried he might be suffering from the disease because I heard that there are suspected cases in our township.”
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