BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA
The number of epidemic for the influenza of A (H1N1) has shortly increased in the raining season this year and threatened people’s health in Cambodia, according to the Ministry of Health officials.
Dr. Ly Sovann, Deputy Director of the Disease Outbreak Department of the Ministry of Health, said that the number of epidemic of A (H1N1) has recently increased in the short period in Cambodia.
The Deputy Director Ly Sovann continued to say that according to the Ministry of Health’s report, the epidemic of the A (H1N1) has 27 new cases increasing in this year’s raining season in some cities and provinces across the country. He added that there are a total of 623 cases of A (H1N1) influenza which happened in 2009 in Cambodia.
“We are worry about our peoples’ health which could be affected by this new bird flu in Cambodia,” he said. “I would like to appeal to all Cambodian people to raise their awareness and take care of their family members from being having this dangerous disease.”
He called on the people to go or bring their family members or children to go to the state hospitals and health centers nearby in case they are feeling that they have a fever or other epidemic diseases. He also appealed to the people to bring children to get the virus vaccines at the state hospitals or health centers throughout Cambodia.
He pointed out that to prevent the disease, recently the World Health Organization (WHO) has given about 2 million of vaccines/ dots for Cambodia Ministry of Health in distributing the vaccines freely for people in 24 cities and provinces across the country.
He continued to say that the target groups of A(H1N1) vaccines injection are children whose ages are from 6 months to 24 months; pregnant women, military and police forces, and people living with HIV/AIDS and TBs.
He added that early this month, five Cambodia’s high-ranking officials including Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Deputy Prime Minister Yim Chhay Ly, and Senior Minister of Planning Chhay Than were also affected by the A (H1N1) virus affection in Cambodia.
According to the Ministry of Health’s report, since 2008 until today there are a total of 650 cases and 7 Cambodian people have been killed by A (H1N1) in Cambodia.