Afghan government seeks more funds as
H1N1 cases proliferate
KABUL, 8 November 2009 (IRIN) - Over 400 new cases
of H1N1 influenza and eight fatalities have been
reported in Afghanistan since 3 November, according to
the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). In total, 772
people (456 Afghans and 316 foreigners) have been
infected by the virus in the country, the MoPH said.
“The pandemic H1N1 has killed 10 Afghans over the
past two weeks,” Farid Raaid, MoPH’s spokesman, told
IRIN on 8 November.
The country declared a health emergency on 1
November and since then all schools and universities
have been closed.
The MoPH has also increased its appeal for funding
to combat the pandemic influenza to US$125 million.
Raaid said no funds had been received as of 8 November
but said the World Health Organisation had pledged
550,000 doses of H1N1 vaccines.
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