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SCH announces first H1N1 death


DOHA THE Supreme Council of Health (SCH) has announced the death of a 43-year-old Qatari due to Influenza A - H1N1.

The SCH said that the citizen was admitted to hospital on March 29, with difficulty in breathing and high fever, adding that he was also suffering from chronic diseases.

The patient was suffering from severe pneumonia and was given antiflu treatment. He was admitted to the ICU under the supervision of a medical team but his condition did not improve. He died on Thursday.

In a press release, the SCH has appealed to the public to take preventive measures and to visit the nearest health centre when symptoms of flu are suspected, especially those accompanied by a rise in temperature, coughing, sneezing or shortness of breath.

It stressed the importance of vaccination against influenza, especially for people at risk of influenza complications including the elderly, persons suffering from chronic diseases, children under five, pregnant women and people suffering from immunity deficiency.

The SCH said it follows up all cases in cooperation with the National Influenza Centre of the Hamad Medical Corporation.

The centre is one of the accredited centres in the world, which operates under the supervision of the World Health Organization (WHO).

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