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Posted On: 21 September 2009 02:53 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Precaution urged to avoid flu during Eid

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The Supreme Council of Health (SCH) has urged the public to take the necessary precautions against swine flu while visiting crowded places during the Eid holidays. To create public awareness on H1N1, the Council is organising a series of programmes at major shopping outlets in the city during the holidays. “The campaign has been launched in view of the crowding that shopping centres and other public places are expected to witness on these days,” the SCH said in a statement issued yesterday. As a precaution against a possible swine flu infection, the SCH has advised people to avoid mixing with people who have high fever, cough and other flu-like symptoms. Frequent and proper washing of hands is also strongly recommended since the virus can easily spread through close contacts and touching of open surfaces with bare hands. As part of the awareness campaign, the SCH will set up stalls at City Center, the Mall, Lulu Hypermarket (D Ring Road), Landmark, Villaggio and Hyatt Plaza. The stalls featuring video shows, posters and leaflets will be open from 5pm to 8pm during the holidays. Two health experts will be available in each stall daily to provide information to visitors on all aspects of swine flu and answer queries from the public. Posters and leaflets on swine flu in Arabic, English and Urdu will be distributed to the visitors. The SCH has prepared more than 50,000 publications on swine flu with special emphasis on preventive measures and how to deal with the disease, as part of the ongoing national campaign. The popular daily children’s programme on Qatar Television, “Baba Langa”, will feature questions and answers related to swine flu throughout this week.