H1N1 testing confined to pregnant women, high-risk groups as winter approaches

Medics of the General Hospital in the southern province of An Giang are checking medical equipment for preparation for the approach of winter when flu viruses thrive in the lower temperature (Photo: VNA)

H1N1 testing will focus on high-risk groups and people with serious sicknesses, Deputy Minister of Health Trinh Quan Huan said at a meeting on Human influenza Prevention held by the National Steering Board in Hanoi on October 7.

The decision has been made in preparation for the approach of winter when flu viruses thrive in the lower temperatures.

Health workers in districts will receive intensive training in flu treatment enabling them to cure victims without testing.

The Ministry of Health plans to supply vaccines against the flu to pregnant women, people with chronic diseases, and medical workers who are in the line of fire.

Although some regions have recently reported a decline in incidence, the flu continues to spread widely, according to the steering board. Nine provinces have not reported recent cases.

Overall, 55 more cases tested positive for the flu on October 7, raising the total number in Vietnam to 9,707, including 20 deaths. The last fatality was on October 3, that of a 63-year-old woman in the northern Thanh Hoa Province. She was hospitalized with breathing trouble and died of serious pulmonary tuberculosis and respiratory failure.

By K. Nguyen - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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