Bahrain earmarks $6m to avert flu outbreak
Manama, June 15, 2009
Bahrain has allocated an additional BD2.3 million ($6.1 million) for the Health Ministry to boost preparations to avert a potential outbreak of swine flu.
The contingency plan was revealed as Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Gudaibiya Palace.
The extra funds will enable the ministry and other departments to intensify medical and technical preparations so that an H1N1 outbreak could be averted in the country.
Required drugs will be provided as part of the plan.
The Premier gave instructions to intensify awareness campaigns targeting citizens and expatriates regarding the nature of the pandemic.
He stressed the importance of intensifying efforts as more people prepare to travel abroad for their summer vacations.
The Premier also gave instructions to prioritise the execution of key infrastructure and service projects taking into account their importance.
His directives come amid a soaring demand for basic services and infrastructure projects.
'The trends reflect the urban and demographic boom in Bahrain,' he said.
A ministerial committee for financial and economic affairs was commissioned to report the progress of service projects.
The panel was also tasked to draw up a report on prioritising the execution of projects taking into account the needs of people. – TradeArabia News Service