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Fourth victim dies from H1N1 virus

The Ministry of Health has confirmed the death of a 28 year old Syrian from Sharjah on Tuesday due to the H1N1 infection, along with another pregnant woman, bringing the toll of H1N1 influenza deaths in the country to four.

  • By Abdullah Rasheed Abu Dhabi Editor Wafa Issa and Bassma Al Jandaly, Staff Reporters
  • Published: 23:12 September 2, 2009
  • Gulf News

Dubai/Sharjah: The Ministry of Health has confirmed the death of a 28 year old Syrian from Sharjah on Tuesday due to the H1N1 infection, along with another pregnant woman, bringing the toll of H1N1 influenza deaths in the country to four.

Dr Ali Bin Shakar, Director General at the Ministry of Health, told Gulf News: "The ministry has formed a committee to determine the exact cause of death of the woman, and is investigating the possibility of medical malpractice, as well as where the responsibility falls under the medical accountability law."

The Syrian victim, R.A., was admitted to Al Zahra Hospital on August 18 suffering chest pains, cough, diarrhoea and high fever. She was initially diagnosed with pneumonia and was being treated for it, but her condition continued to deteriorate and on August 30 medical tests revealed that she was infected with the H1N1 virus.

Meanwhile, patients in an Intensive Care Unit at a Sharjah hospital are complaining against keeping suspected cases of swine flu in the ICU with other patients.

A source said the hospital is not offering quarantine places for suspected swine flu victims. "The suspected cases are kept with the other patients, which could lead to spreading the disease among others."

An official from the Ministry of Health said they will investigate.

"This is not allowed and it's dangerous. The swine flu cases or suspected cases must not be kept with other patients," the official said.

'No Delay'

An informed Government source has denied that the H1N1 vaccine for Haj pilgrims will be delayed until next year. "The vaccine will be prescribed as necessary. Residents should not panic - the Government is doing its best to counter the H1N1 virus," the source said. Wednesday Gulf News reported sources from the Ministry of Health, the Committee to Combat Swine Flu and the Swiss manufacturer said the vaccine will not be available until 2010. Dr Hamdan Al Mazroui, the head of Islamic Affairs Authority and Awqaf, said the UAE is preparing its delegations to this year's Haj, but also confirmed there has been no information yet on H1N1 vaccine for pilgrims.

Do you know the symptoms of the H1N1 virus? Do you know anyone in the UAE who has been diagnosed with the flu? How early was it detected?



Your comments


What might happen if the school year is cancelled? Nothing! Students will not lose much.. A loss of one year is much better than potentially loosing your life! Don't you all agree?
Carl
Dubai,UAE
Posted: September 03, 2009, 17:32

I fail to understand why Dubai schools are still open whereas Sharjah school is closed.
Moazzam
Sharjah,UAE
Posted: September 03, 2009, 17:29

I agree that schools should be closed for a week or two and let people coming back from their holiday settle in and see if they have any flu symptoms before sending their children back to school. But parents should also be responsible and bring their children back from holiday a good week before holidays end so that if any symptoms come up can be immediately noticed and diagnosed.
Aisha
Dubai,UAE
Posted: September 03, 2009, 17:01

Hope Schools in UAE should take precatuniery mesuare as they close the schools for min 1 Week to protect the Kids this Danger.
Shankar
Sharjah,UAE
Posted: September 03, 2009, 16:43

wearing a mask is no help at all in this situation and could even be dangerous for the person wearing it; the mask gets wet due to the person breathing, the virus sticks to the mask and the person inhales over and over. I would strongly suggest that people get their facts very clear before dramatising this situation. Do lots of research on the internet and do not believe anything from just one website.
Sarah
Dubai,UAE
Posted: September 03, 2009, 16:14

School buses should screen children before they board the bus and not at the gate of the school. If this is not done, the risk is that we may have is one bus load full of infected children going to school. This may also apply in public
Henry
Dubai,UAE
Posted: September 03, 2009, 15:17

Wearing a Mask in all public areas should be made compulsory for a period of time to prevent the spread of H1N1
Anita Toraskar
Dubai,UAE
Posted: September 03, 2009, 14:22

We dont have medical coverage as we are on husbands sponsorship. who will bear cost for this kind of people for H1N1 cases.as just a test is so expensive.
Don
Sharjah,UAE
Posted: September 03, 2009, 12:56

i guess it should be made cumpolsory for students in schools to wear masks!! which can effectively prevent the spreading of the disease!
Yousuf
Dubai,UAE
Posted: September 03, 2009, 12:55

To avoid the spread of an epidemic like plague, it is advised his disciples to avoid travel as much as possible if not fully. I would say its up on the relevant authorities now to decide whether to conduct Hajj this time round to check the spread of the deadly virus.
Jisam Bashir
Dubai,UAE
Posted: September 03, 2009, 12:14

After hearing such stories the schools should be closed for at least a week because the immunity of children is comparatively less which will allow this flu to spread faster.
Hari Kumar
Dubai,UAE
Posted: September 03, 2009, 11:59

To prevent the spread of H1N1 virus all the society has to take more precautions , like wearing masks in the clinics and hospitals. But I was scared to see that all nurses and doctors are not wearing masks in clinics,where there is more chances of spreading because of gathering of all types of patients about 25 to 30, who are waiting at least 1.30 hours in the small congested waiting room. Day before yesterday I took the mask for me and my child while visiting the clinic, I hesitated to wear mask because nobody was wearing mask even medical staff or doctors. I request the concernd authority to impliment the preventive measures compulsorily
Ashok
Fujairah,UAE
Posted: September 03, 2009, 11:28

no, i m not aware of it. but i wud like to know more wht H1N1 is and what are the symptoms?
Simmi
Dubai,UAE
Posted: September 03, 2009, 10:53

The blame should be on the hospital staff and the wrong diagnosis from the first place.
Mimi
Dubai,UAE
Posted: September 03, 2009, 10:25

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