Swine Flu is back

SWRHA act­ing med­ical di­rec­tor Dr Robin Sinanan has con­firmed that over the past few months, there were pa­tients be­ing treat­ed for H1N1 (Swine Flu). He said the fig­ure was not alarm­ing and the pa­tients are be­ing treat­ed.

“I think by now H1N1 would be en­dem­ic to the coun­try. It’s glob­al. Folks trav­el all the time and we are al­ways screen­ing peo­ple on trav­el and when they re­turn. The min­istry has a na­tion­al pro­gramme where they screen peo­ple who are re­turn­ing from all coun­tries, so yes, it is al­ways on the cards.”

Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh, mean­while, said that there have been two flu deaths in three years. He said the flu that caus­es stuffy nose is dif­fer­ent to those that are fa­tal. He said the min­istry has brought in 75,000 dos­es of the in­fluen­za vac­cine, which are free to the pub­lic.

Deyals­ingh said that the key ob­jec­tives of the min­istry in 2019 was to change the “chit sys­tem” of blood do­na­tion to a ful­ly vol­un­tary process, elim­i­nate moth­er-child trans­mis­sion of HIV and Syphilis, at­tain the glob­al 90-90-90 tar­gets for the elim­i­na­tion of HIV by 2020 and to de­cen­tralised men­tal health treat­ment; so that pa­tients would no longer have to cram the St Ann’s Hos­pi­tal.

- by Kevon Felmine