Ministry of Health responding appropriately to H1N1 threat - Tufton

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is seeking to assure the public that the Ministry of Health is continuing to implementing measures to stem the spread of the H1N1 virus.

Four persons have been confirmed dead from the virus and the Ministry is investigating more than a hundred suspected cases of the H1N1 virus.

“The system is coping, for the most part,” Dr. Tufton told RJR News, explaining that public awareness concerning the dangers of the virus had increased while opening hours at health centres had been extended, and capacity added in some facilities.

The Ministry of Health recently issued a warning to the public about Influenza A caused by the H1N1 virus.

Influenza A H1N1 is an acute respiratory infection caused by the Influenza Type A H1N1 virus and is one of a number of viruses that result in seasonal influenza in the island annually.

The Ministry has warned that the flu can also worsen chronic medical conditions such as heart or lung disease.

Persons at highest risk of dangerous complications from the flu are infants and young children, adults 60 years and older, pregnant women, and persons with chronic medical conditions or weakened immune systems.

Despite Dr. Tufton's assertions, the Parliamentary Opposition is urging the Ministry of Health to make more beds available in the public hospitals by providing alternative accommodations for some patients who have been abandoned by their relatives at public hospitals.

Dr Dayton Campbell, Opposition Spokesman on Health, wants the situation to be addressed urgently, based on the chronic shortage of bed space at the height of the current flu season.


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