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11 July 2009 :: 00:07:57 am 35979

Health Ministry Confirms 15th (A)H1N1 Death

BANGKOK, July 10 - One more Influenza A (H1N1) died Friday in Thailand, bringing the total number of fatalities to 15, according to Permanent Secretary for Public Health Dr. Prat Boonyawongviroj.
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Dr. Prat said the 15th victim was a 63-year-old Samut Prakan woman who died from kidney failure. She also had record of mitral valve insufficiency problem, a cardiac condition.

The deceased fell ill and was admitted on July 3 with pneumonia.

The Ministry of Public Health earlier on Friday reported 146 new cases of A(H1N1) influenza, raising the country?s total number of cases to 3,071 with 13 persons currently in critical condition.

Dr. Prat Boonyawongviroj and Minister of Public Health Witthaya Kaewparadai on Friday met public hospital directors and provincial public health office chiefs countryside to instruct them on implementing preventative measures against the H1N1 flu in line with the ministry’s strategies.

Mr. Witthaya ordered government hospitals and private institutions to open a fast track service to rapidly facilitate patients suspected of having contracted the new virus strain.

The minister also advised district hospitals to set up a network to systematically transfer patients to provincial hospitals.

Dr. Prat said that four deputy permanent secretaries for public health were assigned to closely monitor and assess the result of preventive measures in the four regions of the country.

In addition, the provincial public health chiefs were named Mr. A(H1N1) to assist the deputy secretaries, Dr. Prat said.

Mr. Witthaya said that persons living in poorly-ventilated areas are more likely to contract the A(H1N1) virus.

He also explained that persons having congenital diseases are high risk groups for critical reactions if they are infected by influenza A (H1N1). (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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