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H1N1 (SWINE FLU) ALERT
04/09/09
From: C-BGCIS
1) SADC PRESS RELEASE ON SWINE FLU The SADC Ministers responsible for Health note the recent reports of Swine Flu
(H1N1) outbreaks in Mexico, United States of America and Canada among others. 
As SADC Ministers of Health we are concerned by the increase in the number of
cases, deaths and the unusual age group affected (healthy young adults).  In
light of the above, we the SADC Ministers of Health advise as follows: Travel Precautions:  Unless necessary, all travelers are advised to avoid or postpone travel to
affected areas.  In the event of traveling to the affected areas travelers
should visit their nearest health facility for advice on precautionary
measures to be taken.  Recent travelers to the affected countries should be on
the alert for Flu-like symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, nausea, coughing,
fatigue, and general feeling of un-wellness, and visit the nearest health
facility for immediate attention when such symptoms develop.  Response: We are working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) and our
surveillance systems are on high alert. We will continuously monitor the
situation and use existing National and Regional Policies and Guidelines for
the prevention and control of any outbreak in line with the SADC Highly
Pathogenic Avian and Pandemic Human Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan. As SADC Ministers, we wish to inform the public that all countries within the
Region have Epidemic Preparedness and Response Plans and Teams in place. 
There is no effective vaccine to prevent Swine Flu.  However, it is treatable,
and a Technical Team is in place to facilitate the availability of treatment
in all SADC Countries. 
 
As the SADC region we remain vigilant and committed to prevent and address any
potential outbreak in the region. SADC MINISTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR HEALTH
28 APRIL 2009
SADC Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Communiqué, Maputo, Mozambique, 29

2) SADC Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Communiqué, Maputo, Mozambique, 29
April 2009
 
The World Health Organization (WHO) is coordinating the global response to
human cases of Swine Influenza A (H1N1) and monitoring the corresponding
threat of an influenza pandemic. Considering the extent of the outbreak, and
noting evidence of increased human-to-human transmission, WHO on the 26th
April 2009 increased the level of pandemic alertness from Level 3 to Level 4.

To this end, the SADC Ministers of Health during their meeting held on 28
April 2009 in Maputo, Mozambique, constituted a Special Technical Team of
Senior Officials to urgently meet in order to determine the level of
preparedness and facilitate the availability of antiviral medication within
Member States.  The Special Technical Team comprising of Senior Officials from
Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa met on 28 and 29 April
2009.

The Special Technical Team has determined that a limited stock of antiviral
medicines are being held by the WHO-Regional Office for Africa (WHO-AFRO). The
medicines can be obtained by submitting a contingency plan indicating the
quantities of stock held and required.

In preparation for an epidemic in line with the specific Pandemic Alertness
Level, the Special Technical Team recommended the following:

1. Actions at Regional level:

a. Secretariat to determine whether  Epidemic Preparedness Plans and Teams
are in place in all Member States;

b. Secretariat to facilitate implementation of the SADC Highly Pathogenic
Avian and Pandemic Human Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan where plans
are not in place;

c. Secretariat to determine the quantities of antiviral medicines and
supplies available both at WHO-AFRO and Member States; and

d. Secretariat to facilitate the procurement of antiviral medicines and
supplies for Member States.

From: C-BGCIS


 

 

 

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