More than 24,000 peo­ple vac­ci­nated to pre­vent flu

The UB Post - - DOMESTIC -

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.

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