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MoH has stocks of 1m bird flu tablets

posted on 05/03/2007: 2197 views

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has stockpiled more than a million tablets of ‘Tamiflu', the most prescribed medicine that attacks influenza virus that easily spreads among humans, a top health official has revealed.

"The MoH in collaboration with other health authorities in the country have managed to store more than one million pills of the drug to avert looming hazards bird flu virus poses,” Dr Ali Shukur, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Health, told Khaleej Times yesterday.

He said that the stockpiled medicine is part of the MoH target to reserve more quantities. He said the ministry is working to provide hospitals and medical institutions with adequate precautionary items such as masks and gloves to ensure safety of people working at these facilities.

"We have set a plan about proper methods that should be adopted in isolating patients in case of discovering incidents. Ways of protecting residents of the area and the nearby areas where the virus might be detected has also been studied,” confirmed the official.

Dr Shukur said that his ministry's efforts to put in place efficient safety measures were in line with the directives of the National Emergency Committee on bird flu headed by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Committee.

He said that the ministry had notified private medical sector to immediately report to the MoH any suspected case of the contagious disease.

About other steps undertaken by the MoH in the same respect, the under-secretary unveiled formation of an official team to monitor events regarding the virus in the neighbouring countries. "A team from the ministry has been formed under the chairmanship of Dr Afra Zaal, Director of the Preventive Medicine Department, to follow up closely any developments concerning outbreak of the flu in the neighbouring countries and evaluate impact they might have on the UAE,” Dr Shukur added. (Khaleej Times)


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