More than 24,000 people vaccinated to prevent flu
Hospitals and clinics affiliate of the Ulaanbaatar Health Office met last week to discuss the most urgent problem at the moment – controlling and preventing the spread of influenza.
Reports show that 18,630 children of 51 kindergartens, 3,503 elderly people, 1,353 pregnant women, 923 kindergarten teachers, and 439 patients with chronic diseases and children in vulnerable groups were vaccinated against the flu as of November 10.
By November 6, 3,100 cases of influenza and influenza-like illnesses were diagnosed through a total of 86,173 health examinations in Ulaanbaatar. This means that 3.6 percent of all examinees were diagnosed with the disease, which is said to be 0.5 times higher than last week’s average.
According to doctors, around 86 percent of people affected by the flu or similar diseases are children below the age of nine and that 33.1 percent of 944 ambulance reports made for children required health assistance for treating the flu.
A resent survey indicated that influenza prevalence is highest in Baganuur District, taking up 6.2 percent of allrecorded influenza cases this semester. Central district hospitals seems to be managing the workload quite well but available beds are highly likely to run out as 1,923 out of 1,969 beds have been taken, a health expert stated. Reportedly, 82 newly admitted patients, or 25.7 percent of all people admitted to hospital over the past week, were suffering from influenza or influenza-like illnesses.
Head of the Ulaanbaatar Health Office L.Tumurbaatar instructed hospital directors to intensify training and flu prevention promotions, as well as boost the quality of related healthcare services by reassigning doctors and medical staff. He told hospitals and clinics to be prepared for an influenza pandemic.