Posted on November 13, 2015

The Supreme Council of Health (SCH) yesterday held a meeting with other authorities concerned to discuss ways to prevent a possible spread of H1N1 influenza A virus in Qatar. Three A (H1N1) cases were detected in a primary girls school last week. All the infected were from one family studying in different classes. The school was closed for one day following the cases and precautionary measures have been taken.

The meeting chaired by Dr Saleh bin Ali Al Marri, Assistant Secretary-General, Medical Affairs, the SCH, was attended by officials from the SCH, Supreme Education Council (SEC), Hamad Medical Corporation and Primary Health Care Corporation. The meeting discussed ways to ensure the best coordination among all the sections concerned to fight the virus. The SCH said it will hold a press conference on Sunday with participation of senior officials from all entities concerned to discuss the issue. It reassured that the virus which belongs to the seasonal influenza group, as per the classification of World Health Organisation (WHO) does not pose an epidemic threat. Majority of the infections are either mild or medium that can be treated and cured. Vaccination and anti-virus treatment are available in the country.

source: The Peninsula