Wednesday, November 04, 2009

4th November 2009, Wednesday – According to press reports (The Brunei Times, 4th November 2009: Brunei gets first shipment of H1N1 vaccines; Borneo Bulletin/Brudirect, 4th November 2009: First Batch of Flu Vaccine Arrive), 1500 doses of H1N1 vaccines arrived on 2nd November 2009, Monday.

Another 4,500 doses should be received by today (4th November 2009, Wednesday) making the total that are available in Brunei Darussalam to 6000 doses. 476,000 doses will arrive in stages from this December until January 2010.

The vaccinations will be carry out VOLUNTARILY i.e for those who want to get vaccinated.

Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Minister of Health, says:
  • 900 from the 6000 doses is allocated for Haj pilgrims. Ministry of Health will send doctors to give the vaccines to Hal pilgrims at Mekah and Medinah.
  • The remaining 5100 doses (out of the 6000 doses) will be given to frontline workers.
  • The vaccines would be given FREE to all residents in Brunei Darussalam, including the foreigners. But, travellers passing through Brunei are not eligible for the vaccines.
  • Ministry of Health encourages people to obtain the vaccination.
  • Public will be vaccinated AFTER the Ministry of Health’s frontline workers and chronic patients get vaccinated.

Dr Hajah Rahmah binti Haji Mohammad Said, Director-General of Health Services, says:
  • One can be vaccinated if only he/she is fever free and in good health.
  • Before receiving the vaccination, one have to give their CONSENT and undergo COUNSELLING SESSIONS.
  • Children aged 6 months to 10 years needed to be vaccinated twice i.e 4 weeks apart.
  • Children aged 10 years above and adults only need one dose.
p/s: I hope I understand the press reports correctly....And, according to The Brunei Times (4th November 2009), Brunei has 1,170 confirmed H1N1 cases. The latest cases are recorded on 26th October 2009.

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