The UAE will host Expo 2020!
  • Arabic
Supported by the UAE National Media Council
We are in the process of developing and improving our website, and we invite you to participate in our brief survey to measure the level of your satisfaction
Satisfaction Survey For UAE Interact Website
رغبة منا بالتعرف على مستوى رضاكم عن موقعنا وبهدف تطويره وتحسينه، فقد قمنا بتصميم استبيان سريع لقياس مدى الرضا عن موقع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة روعي في تصميم الاستبيان أن يكون قصيرا وسريعا كي لا نطيل عليكم، وعليه نرجو منكم التكرم باستكماله عن طريق الرابط التالي
استبيان رضا المتعاملين عن موقع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة

Fourth victim dies from H1N1 virus

posted on 03/09/2009: 1779 views


The Ministry of Health has confirmed the death of a 28 year old Syrian from Sharjah on Tuesday due to the H1N1 infection, along with another pregnant woman, bringing the toll of H1N1 influenza deaths in the country to four.

Dr Ali Bin Shakar, Director General at the Ministry of Health, told Gulf News: "The ministry has formed a committee to determine the exact cause of death of the woman, and is investigating the possibility of medical malpractice, as well as where the responsibility falls under the medical accountability law."

The Syrian victim, R.A., was admitted to Al Zahra Hospital on August 18 suffering chest pains, cough, diarrhoea and high fever. She was initially diagnosed with pneumonia and was being treated for it, but her condition continued to deteriorate and on August 30 medical tests revealed that she was infected with the H1N1 virus.

Meanwhile, patients in an Intensive Care Unit at a Sharjah hospital are complaining against keeping suspected cases of swine flu in the ICU with other patients.

A source said the hospital is not offering quarantine places for suspected swine flu victims. "The suspected cases are kept with the other patients, which could lead to spreading the disease among others."

An official from the Ministry of Health said they will investigate. "This is not allowed and it's dangerous. The swine flu cases or suspected cases must not be kept with other patients," the official said.

'No Delay'

An informed Government source has denied that the H1N1 vaccine for Haj pilgrims will be delayed until next year. "The vaccine will be prescribed as necessary. Residents should not panic - the Government is doing its best to counter the H1N1 virus," the source said. Wednesday Gulf News reported sources from the Ministry of Health, the Committee to Combat Swine Flu and the Swiss manufacturer said the vaccine will not be available until 2010. Dr Hamdan Al Mazroui, the head of Islamic Affairs Authority and Awqaf, said the UAE is preparing its delegations to this year's Haj, but also confirmed there has been no information yet on H1N1 vaccine for pilgrims.

RELATED ARTICLES

17 February 2010 H1N1 vaccination process to cover chronic illnesses
06 January 2010 HAAD tells pregnant women to take H1N1 Vaccine
11 November 2009 MoH launches H1N1 vaccination drive in northern emirates
09 November 2009 H1N1 panel thanks Sheikh Mohammed for support
09 November 2009 Ministry of Health starts administering H1N1 vaccines


Most Read