KATHMANDU, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Nepali government officials have said that they are keeping the existing health facilities and human resources on high alert along with collection of throat swab samples for lab testing for further investigation into pandemic influenza A/H1N1 flu virus, local media reported on Thursday.
With changing season, viral cases have surged especially in the eastern and mid-eastern districts and from some parts of the capital Kathmandu Valley, according to Ananda Kumar Shrestha, Coordinator of Avian Influenza Control Program (AICP), under the Ministry of Health and Population.
"Still, there is no need to panic since viral cases are not severe," Shrestha was quoted by The Kathmandu Post as saying. " Moreover, there is adequate stockpile of drug and health facilities in case the virus spreads rapidly across the country."
According to Shrestha, besides the Rapid Response Teams set up in 75 districts, there are 39 specific sites set up specifically for the flu surveillance where the human resources deployed are ensuring personal hygiene measures such as keeping distance from the crowd, covering the mouth while sneezing, washing hands with soap at least two to three times a day, among others.
Shrestha said Nepal will receive 2.7 million doses of A/H1N1 flu vaccine from the World Health Organization (WHO) as a first shipment this September.