Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Romania Places All Hospitals Under Quarantine

Romania's Health Ministry Monday decided to place under quarantine all hospitals in the country, announced State Secretary Adrian Streinu-Cercel.

According to him, separate emergency wards will be opened to exclusively treat people with flu symptoms.

Starting this week, antiviral medicines will be delivered to hospitals, which will also get additional funding for purchasing surgical masks and disinfectants.

Vaccination is expected to start on November 26 and the ministry will issue an order whereby all the family doctors are mobilized in the vaccination campaign, Cercel said, adding that the first 1.3 million doses will be used on medical staff, high school and university students in eastern city of Iasi and the capital city Bucharest. Vaccines will also be provided to border police staff deployed mainly at Romania's border with Ukraine.