Poland helps Ukraine fight A/H1N1 flu

08:31, November 03, 2009      

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Poland's southern Malopolska province will send 24,000 face masks and 60 doses of antiviral drug Tamiflu to A/H1N1 flu-hit Ukraine, a spokesman of the province's authorities said on Monday.

This will be the second shipment organized by the local authorities of the Malopolska province. On Saturday a respirator, 500 masks, drugs and protective clothes were sent to Lvov of Ukraine.

"We want to thank for this assistance from the Malopolska authorities which were the first to respond to the spread of flu," head of the international cooperation department of the Lvov district Lech Zacharczyszyn said on Monday.

According to Zacharczyszyn, masks and some 50,000 doses of Tamiflu are needed in the Lvov district. "The situation is very difficult. Over 90,000 people are ill in the Lvov district with over 2,000 hospitalized, 29 died," he was quoted by Polish news agency PAP as saying.

According to the latest data, some 225,000 flu cases have been registered in Ukraine, of which 15,000 people were hospitalized. 67 people died of respiratory tract infections or flu.

Source: Xinhua
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