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Maldives assures “no difficulty” in acquiring influenza vaccines amidst epidemic

Health Minister Abdulla Nazim speaks to Mihaaru. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU

There is sufficient amount of influenza vaccines and other medication necessary for the treatment of flu, including cases of swine flu, spreading across the Maldives, assured Minister of Health Abdulla Nazim on Wednesday.

Health Protection Agency (HPA) had announced in its first press conference regarding the swine flu epidemic on Monday that, according to doctors, there is only a “limited stock” of influenza vaccines in the island nation.

However, Health Minister Nazim told Mihaaru on Wednesday that the public might misunderstand the statement which could result in “alarming” repercussions. He explained that influenza vaccines are imported to the Maldives specifically for precautionary treatment of pilgrims traveling to Saudi Arabia on the holy Islamic pilgrimages of Hajj and Umrah. Though not a commonly available medication, he stated that sufficient stocks are always available in the Maldives.

The minister assured that even now there is an adequate amount of influenza vaccines to combat the spreading of the H1N1 virus, and that more are on the way.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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