KZN prepares to deal with swine flu

Travelers arriving from overseas with their children wait in a long line all wearing masks to go through quarantine at Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, Tuesday, May 5, 2009, Children's Day national holiday. Japanese holiday makers' return to their home country has come to its peak Tuesday as the
Travelers arriving from overseas with their children wait in a long line all wearing masks to go through quarantine at Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, Tuesday, May 5, 2009, Children's Day national holiday. Japanese holiday makers' return to their home country has come to its peak Tuesday as the "Golden Week" holidays ends on Wednesday, May 6 amid the global swine flu fears. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)

Mary Papayya

Mary Papayya

The KwaZulu-Natal department of health announced measures to ensure that swine flu outbreak does not reach the province.

A number of stakeholders, including academics, port authorities and border control and surveillance officers, were familiarised with guidelines to prevent the spread of the pandemic in the province.

"As part of our outbreak preparedness and readiness we have deployed outbreak response teams in all districts and we have trained them in Influenza outbreak response," general manager of strategic health programmes Sandile Buthelezi said yesterday.

The guidelines on influenza outbreak response have been disseminated to all health facilities and outbreak response teams.

He said the province's laboratories were in place and diagnosis systems and anti-viral treatment has been distributed to all facilities.

"The Port Health Facilities are on the alert working closely with port authorities and points of entry officials.

"The airports are on alert and passive screening is being implemented."

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