MYANMAR : The death toll from the H1N1 outbreak rose to 13, the Ministry of Health and Sports said Wednesday, adding that a total of 99 infections from the disease were confirmed, including a medical doctor and his wife.
The health ministry reported 284 patients were hospitalised with severe respiratory illness and are still being observed.
The latest victim to succumb to H1N1 was a woman from Athote township in Ayeyarwady Region, who was transferred to a hospital in Yangon since July 19. She died early Tuesday.
“We are trying our best but we need the help of the public to control the disease,” Dr Than Tun Aung, deputy director general of Public Health said. “We are trying to reduce the deaths.”
He said that 18 H1N1 patients were cured and discharged.
Dr Tin Ko Ko Lwin, a post graduate student from North Okkala Hospital, who infected by H1N1 and his wife as well, has recovered.
“I was infected because of low resistance due to lack of sleep since I have to be on duty. I had cough and phlegm. I was tested on July 27 and confirmed with H1N1,” Dr Tin Ko Ko Lwin told The Myanmar Times.
“I asked my wife to go for medical checkup and she was also discovered to be positive with H1N1,”
Dr Tin Ko Ko Lwin and his wife were both discharged from the hospital on July 31.
Meanwhile, the Pyithu Hluttaw on Wednesday did not approve the proposal of U Thein Tun, a Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) MP from Kyaung Kon Township, to call on the government to conduct education programs in crowded places regarding H1N1.
Minhla MP Dr Than Soe Aung noted that the government has already been conducting such programs about the H1N1 but these are done discreetly so as not to cause panic among the people.
“The main point is not to go to crowded places and to wash hands always,” he said.
India has already dispatched emergency medical assistance to help the Myanmar government deal with the outbreak, the Indian Embassy in Yangon said in a statement.
The aid, which consisted of vaccines, diagnostic kits, Tamiflu syrup and tablets, as well as specialised masks arrived at the Yangon International Airport on Wednesday and was immediately handed over to the Myanmar authorities, the statement added.
“The government of India stands ready to extend further assistance as required,” the statement added.