Afghanistan: Turkey donates 5000 doses of Influenza vaccine for AH1N1, 10120 doses of Tamiflu WHO donates 10,000 doses of Tamiflu

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Dr. SMA Fatimie, the Minister of Public Health in a press conference thanked Government of Turkey and World Health Organization for their generous donation of Influenza vaccine and Tamiflu drug, an anti-influenza medicine. At the conference, Excellency Ambassador of Turkey and Representative of WHO for Afghanistan present we are thankful to this generous support of Turkey and WHO and on behalf of Afghan Government and people we appreciate this generosity.

We request International community and health partners to support MoPH in combating influenza AH1N1 and other areas of health sector. Said Dr. SMA Fatimie.

Influenza AH1N1 cases were first discovered in Afghanistan on 2 July 2009 and so far we have detected 843 confirmed cases with 16 death in Kabul, Ghazni, Parwan, Bamyan, Herat, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Takhar, Baghlan, Ghor, Helmand and Panjsher.

333 cases are among foreign citizens and the remaining cases are Afghans. High risk groups population are pregnant women, children between 6-24 months and people with chronic diseases.