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Swine flu victims reached 14

26 November 2009 / 14:11:24  GRReporter
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74 year old man and a 48 year old woman became victims of swine flu for the last day. The total number of deceased in Greece is now 14. The woman was admitted with severe breathing insufficiency and she was overweight. Before some time the deceased man had cancer. Right now 24 people are being treated in ER and five of them were admitted in the last 24 hours.

The drastic increase of swine flu infected people led to a lack of available hospital beds. In Larissa all hospital beds are taken and two men, ages 52 and 39, were sent to the ER of a hospital in Lamia.

There 10 more beds in the University hospital of Larissa but they are not used because there is lack of medical staff. The Ministry of Health promised that the 95 equipped centers will open as soon as possible. Until the end of December another 54 are planned to open. All those need about 300 people medical staff.

From today all prisoners in Greece will start their vaccination. The campaign will start from the prison in Koridalos. All prisoners who want will be vaccinated. For now their number is 2 200. The Justice Ministry announced that there are no swine flu infected prisoners in the country.

The National Vaccine Commission stopped the order of 2 million vaccines from the French pharmaceutical company SanofiPasteur. The reason for this is that there aren’t enough researches done for the use of the vaccine, which prove its effectiveness and that it has still not received an approval from the European pharmaceutical services. Canada also cancelled a shipment of vaccines from GlaxoSmithKline, because many allergic reactions were registered.

Meanwhile Minister Mariliza Xenoyanakopoulou urged doctors not to carry out the planned strike on November 30. In the parliament yesterday she presented a provision, included in the Additives Bill, which answers to their demands to a great extend. The Minister urged doctors to show high societal responsibility. 

Tags: Swine flu H1N1 virus vaccinations
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