Zungu: H1N1 not as dangerous as 'social ills'

2009-09-08 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL has around 820 new cases of infection, Health Department head Dr Sibongile Zungu said yesterday.

Zungu was speaking at the United Congregational Church of South Africa (UCCSA) in Inanda Newtown B yesterday, in a session to educate people on how to avoid contracting the H1N1 virus — mainly through personal hygiene like frequent hand washing.

She said there are many social ills more dangerou­s than the H1N1 virus, such as rampant corruption and laziness in the public service. HIV/Aids and other communicable diseases also need to be combated.

“… at high risk are the pregnant women, the elderly, people whose immunity has been compromised, those with diabetes, lung and heart diseases. We urge them to visit their clinic as soon as they develop influenza symptoms.”

She encouraged communities to combat di­sease to make more government resources available for other needs.

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