Vietnam's Health Ministry fighting possible bird flu outbreaks and buying 1 million tamiflu at the end of the year 2006
During the exercises, health agencies were trained to tackle a possible pandemic in border provinces as well as in capital Hanoi and southern metro Ho Chi Minh City.The Health Ministry announced it had purchased around 1 million Tamiflu tablets, the best known treatment for bird flu, along with other essential equipment including respirators, disinfection chemical, and gloves and masks.
Vietnam and several other Asian countries could face a fresh avian influenza breakout this winter, warned international medical experts attending a United Nations meeting in Thailand next week.They also highlighted the need to step up action programs to prevent the deadly disease.From 2003 to 2005, Vietnam recorded 92 human infections, of which 43 died.
The country has not reported any new human cases since November of 2005, though the epidemic has surfaced in poultry flocks at several locations in the country.
According to World Health Organization statistics, 151 have died of bird flu worldwide, with Indonesia being hit hardest with 55 fatalities.