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DA questions KZN's H1N1 plans

2009-08-04 11:07

Durban - The DA in KwaZulu-Natal has written to KwaZulu-Natal's health MEC for details of the province's plans on managing H1N1 flu following the death of a student in Stellenbosch, the opposition party said on Tuesday.

"This particular virus can have deadly consequences if not diagnosed and treated correctly.

"The DA believes that there has been insufficient public education around the symptoms and available treatment for the virus and has requested the department to provide details of their education programme in relation to the H1N1 virus," said John Steenhuisen, the party's caucus leader in the province.

The DA also wanted to know if there was enough medication available to cope with a major outbreak of the virus in the province.

"Whilst certainly not wanting to invoke any sense of public panic we believe that it is necessary to ensure the maximum level of public awareness and sufficient contingency planning is taking place should the spread of the virus escalate and warrant further intervention."

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