H1N1 vaccines from Centre arrive

Staff Reporter

PUDUCHERRY: The Union Territory has received a batch of imported vaccines for prevention of A (H1N1) influenza from the Centre.

The vaccines will be administered to healthcare personnel in the Union Territory.

“We received the batch of vaccines about five days ago. This batch is meant for personnel engaged in rendering healthcare services because in the event of a large-scale epidemic, protected medical personnel will be available for rendering services,” an official of the Health Department said.

A total of 8,000 vaccines have been despatched for the Union Territory, he said, adding, “There is a limited supply of these vaccines the world over and the Union government has procured only limited vaccinesThese vaccines are not available in the market for sale,” he said.

“We will be covering doctors, nurses and other healthcare personnel both in the government sector and designated private hospitals, which have opened isolation wards for H1N1 patients,” he said.

Puducherry had, so far, recorded a total of 162 cases of A (H1N1) influenza.

Several of these patients comprised medical professionals including doctors, nurses, medical students and family members of medical professionals, the official said.