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By WELCOME DLAMINI - SWAZI TIMES-10-Sep-2009

MBABANE – With only seven Swazis diagnosed with the influenza A/H1N1 virus, the Ministry of Health has distributed over 500 Tamiflu tablets.

Initially, the ministry was given 1 056 tablets that are used to treat the virus and presently there is a stock of between 500-600 capsules left.

This was revealed yesterday by Masitsela Mhlanga, who is the ministry’s national coordinator of the Emergency Preparedness and Response team. He was speaking during the second-day of the ongoing ‘Seminar on Pandemic A/H1N1’ at the Mountain Inn. His words were echoed by Dr. Mahaliyane of the Mbabane Government Hospital, who said she had heard that some public health institutions had actually run out of stock Meanwhile, Mhlanga said they had since ordered 4 000 more tablets to bolster the present stock just in case the need for more arose.

“About 3 000 tablets from this stock will be for adults, while 1 000 will be for young children and then we will also procure back up stock as part of our plan to deal with the pandemic,” Mhlanga said.

According Dr. Benjamin Gama of the World Health Organisation, a person on this medication is supposed to take one pill twice a day for five days. Mhlanga also highlighted that the country had a total of 14 public health facilities that were managing and investigating cases of the influenza.


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