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Wed, 23 Sep 2009 09:32 - Updated Wed, 23 Sep 2009 09:32

Sixteen suspected new cases of H1N1 flu recorded in Angola


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Luanda - Sixteen suspected new cases of the H1N1 flu were recorded in Angola from 09 to 15 September, of which eleven were notified in the province of Uíge and five in Luanda.     

This information was given last Tuesday to the press by the co-ordinator of the Interministerial Commission for the Prevention of the H1N1 Flu, José Van-Dúnem, at the end of a meeting of this organ.

José Van-Dúnem informed that the samples of the new cases have already been sent to a reference laboratory in Johannesburg, South Africa, while the country prepares the conditions to be able to make the verification and confirmation of the illness internally.

The minister explained that with the installation of the necessary equipment in Angola, the country will stop depending on South Africa for these tests.

The official also revealed that the technical conditions are equally set, including the training of the staff that handle the equipment that will be installed in the premises of the Public Health National Institute (INSP).

He also appealed for a massive diffusion, by the press, of the necessary hygiene norms to prevent the disease, such as regularly washing the hands with soap, avoiding passing the hands on the face, using paper napkins, among other measures.