The Ministry of Health announced on Sunday that a female Arab national who arrived in the country recently succumbed to A (H1N1) last night. “The woman, 47 years, was admitted to hospital last Thursday and tested positive for the H1N1 subtype virus,” according to a statement issued by the ministry. “She also suffered from hepatitis C virus and asthma.
“This is the tenth swine flu fatality reported by Kuwait since the first outbreak of the epidemic in last April,” the statement said.
The ministry expressed condolences to the victim’’s family and friends, praying to God that the victim may rest in peace.
With this announcement, panic remains prevalent across schools in Kuwait. On Sunday, parents reportedly withdrew their children from a primary school in the Nahdha area after receiving reports of existing A(H1N1) cases among students and teachers.
Sources close to the Ministry of Education have intimated that a Kuwaiti female teacher, who is suspected to have had contracted the disease, was asked to stay away from school until she’’s examined. This comes at a time when other teachers at the same school with high temperatures were discovered to be experiencing normal influenza.
Another student at a secondary school in the Firdous area too has been quarantined after being suspected of being infected from swine flu.
On the other hand, the efforts of the Jahra Educational Zone Acting Director Latifa Al-Ajeel and the Headmistress of Bintul Harith Secondary School have succeeded in convincing parents to bring their children back to the school to resume classes. The parents were reportedly reassured about the precautionary measures taken to protect schoolchildren against the disease. Al-Ajeel said that the educational zone has embarked upon extensive contacts with parents to bring back their children to school. She told Al-Watan that about 80 percent of the students showed up at school on Sunday.
Meanwhile, a reliable source at the Union of Consumer Co-operative Societies (UCCS) said that the companies which provide sterilizers, sterilized tissues, masks and other liquid sterilizers intend to increase their prices.
Speaking to Al Watan, the source said that the companies said that their request to increase prices was due to the fact that the main supplier outside Kuwait has increased the prices due to the increase in demand for such materials required to combat swine flu. He stressed that the co-operative societies will not accept any increase in prices, adding that the
“quantities received by co-operative societies do not meet the demand of citizens and expatriates.”
The source confirmed that unspecialized companies began to compete with specialized ones in this field by importing large quantities of sterilizers, noting that “the demand for the materials imported by specialized companies is still high.”-KUNA