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Bahrain to begin a campaign against H1N1

Bahrain to begin a campaign against H1N1 The Kingdom of announced that its health authorities are going to begin a new campaign to increase public awareness against , aiming to support the efforts for prevention of the spread of the virus.

Members of the supreme committee were discussing the best ways to fight swine flu during a meeting. They have agreed on a campaign that will be addressing school children, pilgrims and patients suffering from chronic diseases. Dr. Abdulhai Al Awadhi, the undersecretary at the Ministry of Health, mentioned that the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that the world is no longer in a pandemic status considering swine flu. Yet, the H1N1 is to be regarded as a form of seasonal flu that must be fought to be sure that the virus does not spread. Dr. Al Awadhi added that the public should not be afraid or concerned. He said that detecting two cases of swine flu recently in the kingdom does not refer to recurrence of pandemic condition in Bahrain.

The Committee also highlighted the procedures carried out by the health centers in Bahrain to be ready to manage any new H1N1 cases. The Committee sent a memo to all doctors and other healthcare staff members mentioning the significant importance of offering rapid treatment to patients identified with swine flu. Meanwhile, officials in ministry of health confirmed that medications and vaccines are available in all healthcare centers across Bahrain. Dr. Al Awadhi noted that the campaign is going to raise awareness about general hygiene of children as the next scholastic year is about to start. Meanwhile, the campaign will also encourage pilgrims to have vaccination against the virus before travelling to Saudi Arabia.

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