MOH investigating H1N1 death

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has launched an investigation into the death of a nine year old from H1N1, Chief Medical (CMO), Doctor Merlene Fredericks has disclosed.

The death was first reported last night during the HTS Evening News.

Fredericks told HTS Television this evening that the MOH wants to ensure that the child in particular did not have any underlying medical condition.

She recalled that the Island had a huge H1N1 swine flu outbreak in 2009, when schools had to be closed.

However the CMO said there were no deaths then.

Fredericks has urged members of the public, especially those most at risk, to get vaccinated.

She identified the persons at risk as including elderly persons, the youth and health care workers.

However, the CMO observed that many persons are not opting to receive the vaccine which is available in abundance and free of charge at all wellness centres.

“We want to encourage people to request and accept the vaccine which can protect from H1N1 and other types of flu,” Frederick said.