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Bruneian MoH to distribute 50,000 flu awareness pamphlets
2009-05-21
Brunei's Ministry of Health (MoH) in collaboration with the Postal Services Department will be distributing 50,000 pamphlets to all households in the country to increase public awareness and knowledge about Influenza A (H1N1).

Acting Head Director of Health Services Dr Hjh Maslina Hj Mohsin said yesterday: "This is the first time that such an initiative, to spread information to the public, is being undertaken by the Ministry of Health. "With the distribution of these pamphlets, it is hoped that the information and explanations regarding Influenza A (H1N1) will be passed onto the public, equipping them with the knowledge to prevent as well as to control the epidemic," she added.

Dr Hjh Maslina reassured that there is still no confirmed cases of Influenza A (H1N1) in the country. However, global cases are constantly on the rise every day, presently resulting in 75 deaths, she added.

"This is why we have to be on alert constantly in handling the epidemic and preventing its spread in Brunei," she said. The pamphlets - both English and Malay - outline the 10 steps for guarding against the risk of infection as well as essential facts on Influenza A (H1N1). The pamphlets were handed over by Dr Hjh Maslina to Post Master Hj Abdul Kadir Tengah at the Mail Processing Centre in Berakas, yesterday.

Most of the pamphlets had already been handed over last Saturday and distribution to households was already well under way. Hj Abdul Kadir then handed over the pamphlets to the respective heads of different Post Stations. The MoH has so far distributed in excess of 70,000 leaflets and 8,000 posters, in addition to 40,000 health advisory leaflets on Influenza A (H1N1), given to passengers entering the country. More information and updates on the current situation of the epidemic can be obtained through the ministry's health line by calling 145 or by visiting its website www.moh.gov.bn. (MJH1)In Courtesy of The Brunei Times
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