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The Ukrainian government’s policies on swine flu make quarantines and Purell dispensers look like amateur efforts. Due to rising fears about a possible swine flu epidemic, Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuliya V. Tymoshenko announced a nationwide ban on public gatherings, the closing of all schools for three weeks, and various travel restrictions. The strict measures come at a critical time in the Ukrainian presidential campaign, with Tymoshenko closely trailed by opposition leader Victor Yanukovich in the polls. Although we realize that the spread of H1N1 is a serious health issue, these measures seem extreme and dubious given the election climate. Ukraine’s swine flu policy needs to be better justified or called off.
Regardless of the intentions behind these measures, though, we have further concerns that these steps may become undemocratic, especially given the ban on public gatherings during an election season. In losing the ability to gather in large groups, supporters of Yanukovich have lost their best avenue to advocate for their candidate. The free and easy public discourse that is vital to a democratic election in this instance seems clearly impaired. Ukraine’s troubling recent history with elections makes it especially vital that this campaign proceed as fairly and smoothly as possible. Otherwise, the same election uncertainties that engendered the “Orange Revolution” four years ago may this time around cause a “Swine Flu Revolution.”
WARSAW, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Poland's southern Malopolska province will send 24,000 face masks and 60 doses of antiviral drug Tamiflu to A/H1N1 flu-hit Ukraine, a spokesman of the province's authorities said on Monday.
This will be the second shipment organized by the local authorities of the Malopolska province. On Saturday a respirator, 500 masks, drugs and protective clothes were sent to Lvov of Ukraine.
"We want to thank for this assistance from the Malopolska authorities which were the first to respond to the spread of flu," head of the international cooperation department of the Lvov district Lech Zacharczyszyn said on Monday.
According to Zacharczyszyn, masks and some 50,000 doses of Tamiflu are needed in the Lvov district. "The situation is very difficult. Over 90,000 people are ill in the Lvov district with over 2,000 hospitalized, 29 died," he was quoted by Polish news agency PAP as saying.
According to the latest data, some 225,000 flu cases have been registered in Ukraine, of which 15,000 people were hospitalized. 67 people died of respiratory tract infections or flu.
Originally posted by Concept X
Is WHO a good enough source for you?
Deaths from H1N1 rise by 700 in one week, WHO reports
2. November 2009 23:48
The number of deaths from H1N1 (swine flu) rose by 700 in a week, to top 5,700 since the virus was first identified in April, the WHO reported Friday, Agence France-Presse reports (10/30).
"The biggest rise in the past week was recorded in the Americas, w[h]ere 636 more people were reported killed by swine flu, bringing the region's death toll to 4,175, the UN agency said, AFP reports in a second story. "Fatal cases in Europe also climbed to at least 281, while those in Asia-Pacific rose to 1,070" (10/31).
Efforts To Contain H1N1 Cases Force Shutdowns In Ukraine, Afghanistan
Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Friday "imposed travel restrictions, banned public gatherings and closed schools and universities for three weeks after the health ministry declared an epidemic of the H1N1 virus," the Wall Street Journal reports. "The ministry released figures Sunday showing 53 people had died from flu and respiratory infections, although it was unclear how many of these were caused by the H1N1 virus," the newspaper writes (Marson, 11/1).
The New York Times also reports on rising fears over the H1N1 virus in the Ukraine, noting, "[n]ews reports from the western part of the country said there were long lines at pharmacies as people sought medication and masks." The newspaper reports the WHO plans to send a team to assist authorities in the Ukraine (Levy, 10/31).
The Afghan government on Monday declared H1N1 to be a health emergency and ordered the closing of schools for three weeks in an effort to contain the virus, after the country suffered its first death from H1N1 last week, Reuters reports. The government has also advised against public gatherings. "Nearly 350 positive cases of H1N1 have been detected among foreigners and Afghans and several hundred more people are suspected to be infected, [Farid Raaid,] a public health ministry spokesman said," the news service reports. According to Raaid, the WHO plans to offer the country one million doses of the H1N1 vaccine (Salahuddin, 11/2).
Originally posted by waterdoctor
reply to post by BLUESHADOW747
Some of us here in the U.S. have been doing what we can to bring this to light. It has finally showed up on the MSN news.yahoo.com...
As to why this hasn't been reported sooner I have no idea and you have a right to be outraged.