Doha, April 05 – The Supreme Council of Health has announced the first death this year of a 43 year old Qatari citizen of Influenza A (H1N1).
The Council pointed out that the citizen was admitted to hospital on 29.03.2013, complaining form difficulty in breathing and a rise in temperature, adding that he was also suffering from chronic diseases. After medical examinations it became evident that the patient was suffering from severe pneumonia and was given anti-flu treatment. He was admitted to the intensive care unit under the supervision of a medical team but his condition did not improve until he died today.
The Supreme Council of Health expressed in a press release today its condolences to the bereaved family praying the Almighty Allah to grant them solace and fortitude.
The Council added that it follows up all cases in cooperation with the National Influenza Centre of Hamad Medical Corporation and monitors and registers cases in the country, noting that the centre is one of accredited centres around the world, which operates under the supervision the World Health Organization (WHO) to diagnose the influenza virus samples and provide the necessary information.
The Council appealed to all citizens and residents to take preventive measures and to visit the nearest health centre when flu symptoms were suspected, especially those accompanied by a rise in temperature, coughing, sneezing or shortness of breath.
The Council stresses 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 of immunity deficiency.