h1ni.jpgSix cases of suspected influenza ‘A’ H1N1 have been detected in Harare with one testing positive after laboratory tests were conducted.


 Of the six suspected cases of H1N1 reported in Harare, one has tested positive to the deadly influenza bringing to 16 the total number of confirmed cases since the virus was first detected in Matabeleland North in mid October.

Deputy Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr Douglas Mombeshora however assured the nation that the country has sufficient drug stocks in the event of an outbreak of the disease.

“So far 16 people have tested positive to H1N1 after undergoing rapid diagnostic testing. We would like to assure Zimbabweans that the country has enough stocks of the drug used to cure H1N1, but patients are encouraged to present early when they suspect that they may have contracted the virus,” said Dr Mombeshora.

As of Friday the 5th of November, Matabeleland North, South, Masvingo and Harare had recorded 15 453 suspected cases of H1N1.

Matabeleland North has the highest number of suspected cases at 14 182, of which 8 have tested positive, followed by Matabeleland South which has recorded 1 160 and 7 positive results.

In Masvingo, 105 suspected cases have been reported, but the results have not yet been released, while Harare has the lowest number with 6 suspected cases and one positive result.

Dr Mombeshora said government received 1,5 million doses of H1N1 vaccines which were administered to school going children, pregnant women and health workers.

H1N1 also known as swine flu was first detected in Mexico in March last year and was declared a pandemic after spreading rapidly across the world.