A Kuwaiti teenager died after being infected with the A (H1N1) or swine flu virus, bringing the death toll to nine, the Health Ministry said on Friday. The deceased, a 14-year-old female with the Down’s syndrome, was also suffering from severe pneumonia and chest pain, as she was hospitalized and admitted into ICU in a critical condition on Sept 25. She was treated with antivirals but was too weak to fight the disease, an official source at the ministry told KUNA. The deceased passed away Thursday night.
Most of swine flu deaths have been those of patients suffering from other illnesses. Most infectees have recovered. The recovery percentage in Kuwait is 99. Children under five years, pregnant women and people suffering from diabetes, asthma and weak immune systems are more prone to the disease. Meanwhile, over 300,000 anti-seasonal flu vaccines, including 145,000 anti-swine flu vaccines, will arrive in Kuwait this month, said a Health Ministry statement Friday. Head of the ministry’s Public Health Program Dr Rashid Al-Owaish told KUNA that the ministry ordered this sum of flu vaccine to better protect people from the infections of both the seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus, adding that the vaccines will be distributed in health centers and hospitals by the end of next week.
The common characteristics of the swine flu and the regular flu makes it very hard to diagnose and treat individuals because both diseases share similar symptoms. The total number of reported swine flu cases in Kuwait has reached 2,881 since April. The Ministry of Health Thursday announced the ministry over the past week has recorded 253 cases of swine flu, reports Al-Seyassah daily. In a press statement, the Ministry said the total number of the cases registered in the country since last April are 2,881, most of them minor and have been completely cured and the patients are leading a normal life.
The Ministry of Education is doing its best to counter the swine flu disease in schools, a statement by the ministry said Friday rebutting MPs’ claims that the Ministry was not doing its best in fighting the virus. The statement added that the officials at the Education Ministry were working to their full capacity to make sure that the swine flu was under control in all of the educational facilities in the country. The Ministry will cooperate with other entities such as the Health Ministry to make sure that the health of students and teaching staff was at top level, said the statement, revealing that the Education Ministry had prepared about 120 medical clinics to receive any infection of the swine flu in schools. The Education Ministry said that the ministry’s Undersecretary Council agreed in its last meeting Wednesday to boost the budgets of all schools providing a sum of KD 250 for each school to handle basic anti-swine flu procedures.