Swine flu

Aasandha establishes flu vaccination camp

In a bid to curb the spread of the H1N1 virus, the universal health insurance provider 'Aasandha' has set up a vaccination camp for people with special needs at Billabong High International School in the capital Male.

The service is provided freely under 'Aasandha', and would continue until the virus has been fully controlled.

'Aasandha' managing director Maumoon Abdul Samad said on Sunday that the camp will only be providing services for the disabled and thalassemia patients.

He said the clinic was designated for those with special needs and thalassemia patients as they are more susceptible to the virus.

Aasandha has also been providing vaccinations for those working in Island Aviation.

Maldives authorities have been battling to keep the outbreak in check with around 350 people tested so far while 114 have tested positive for the virus.

The flu has already claimed the lives of two people, one 26 year old man in early March while a 51 year old woman had died late Wednesday.

Government along with private health care providers have set up multiple flu clinic throughout the capital and suburbs to provide round the clock service.

Public schools, universities and private colleges have suspended classes while the authorities have urged people in the Atolls against travelling to the capital.

The government along with a few private offices have granted indefinite leave for pregnant staff to minimize the risk of contracting the virus.