President Mori Receives Second Update from Department of Health and Social Affairs on H1N1 Influenza A Pandemic Threat
Palikir, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services): May 4, 2009 - The FSM Department of Health & Social Affairs has submitted their second report to President Mori to update the President on the Influenza pandemic threat. Secretary for the Depatrment, Dr. Vita Skilling, has alerted the President that since the first update earlier this week, the following have developed:
Secretary Skilling told that President that "given the seriousness and nature of this pandemic threat to the FSM, this Department continues to ask for the support of the recommendations that were made in Update #1 with the following recommendations added:
The President has tasked the Department of Health and Social Affairs (DHSA) to draft a letter to Continental asking for transit passengers to remain on board. DHSA confirmed that this is already happening in the Marshall Islands. President Mori has also set a National Taskforce to be based in the Bioterrorism office in Kolonia, Pohnpei and has officially activated the FSM Pandemic Influenza Plan.
Over the weekend, 4 pallets of medicine, supplies and equipment have arrived from the US National Stockpile and will be divided among the states as soon as the inventory has been verified. Each state has activated their Pandemic Influenza plan and flight passengers disembarking in the states are being screened to find passengers who may have originated from affected areas.
FSM has yet to report a case of the H1N1 Influenza A virus.
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