DSOA holds H1N1 awareness meet
Dubai, September 7, 2009
Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), a high-tech park for microelectronics, organised a campaign detailing symptoms of the swine flu syndrome, how it is transmitted, and the precautions that must be taken to avoid infection.
The one-day awareness campaign was organised for all stakeholders at the Dubai Silicon Oasis in collaboration with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) at the DSOA headquarters.
“The concern of swine flu is on the top of people’s minds these days,” said Dr Juma Al Matrooshi, senior chief officer – corporate excellence and support, DSOA.
“We also believe ignorance of a particular syndrome can cause unfounded fear. The seminars came as part of our responsibility to alleviate some of those apprehensions through educating our stakeholders with the support of medical professionals,” he added.
“The Dubai Health Authority has always been proactive in its priority to maintain a healthy community. We hope that our collaboration with DHA to educate and spread awareness on the H1N1 virus will encourage other entities to replicate the initiative. It is essential for the right message to reach the maximum number of people in our communities for the success of this campaign.”
Swine flu is an influenza A virus subtype H1N1, first identified in April 2009. It acquired the name from laboratory tests that showed many of the genes in the new virus were similar to influenza viruses that normally occur in pigs (swine) in North America.
Dr Seif Ahmed Darwish, community medical physician, DHA, said: “Our objective is to provide the right kind of information that will help the community stay alert. It is also crucial to initiate adequate measures and adopt a preventive strategy and we are thankful to DSOA for supporting us in hosting such a campaign at its premises.”
The virus typically spreads via coughing, sneezing or touching contaminated surfaces and then touching the nose or mouth.
Symptoms, which could last up to a week, are similar to those of seasonal flu, and may include fever, sneezes, sore throat, coughs, headache, and muscle or joint pains. – TradeArabia News Service