SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's health authorities are ready to
take emergency measures to combat A/H1N1 flu during the upcoming Chuseok holiday
(Mid-Autumn festival), according to an official of the Ministry of Health on
As one of the most important Korean traditional holidays, at least 10
million people are expected to travel across the country during the period,
raising the risk of the A/H1N1 flu spread.
The South Korean government decided to run an emergency medical system, so
that the patient can receive proper treatment during the holiday from Oct. 2 to
Oct. 4, said Choi Hee-joo, the director general of the Bureau of Health Policy
at the Ministry of Health.
According to the ministry, more than 1,100 medical institutions across the
country, including 454 hospitals with emergency treatment facilities, 253 public
health centers and 400 smaller branches of those centers, will be open for the
Meanwhile, the ministry will increase the designated pharmacies for provide
antiviral medicine from 1,331 pharmacies to more than 2,000, and make it
mandatory for at least 600 pharmacies to stay open during the holiday.
The country reported its first new flu outbreak in early May. A total of
9,968 cases of the flu infections were confirmed across the nation as of Sept.
13, and 9 death cases have been reported so far.
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