Govt recalls pregnant civil servants as flu count recedes

Government on Thursday asked pregnant civil servants to report back to work as authorities finally appear to have brought the H1N1 spread under control.

The Civil Service Commission had granted paid leave for pregnant staff last week over the swine flu spread especially in the capital Male.

A circular released by the Commission on Thursday informed that the temporary leave given to pregnant employees have been cancelled, and asked all employees to report to duty on Sunday.

Pregnant civil servants had been vaccinated through Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) and ADK Hospital.

Pregnant women are at high risk of contracting the H1N1 virus, more commonly known as the swine flu, which has recently started spreading across the nation. Government offices as well as privately run companies had given leave for pregnant employees after the initial outbreak of the virus.

Patient numbers at various flu clinics set up by health care providers have continually receded in the past few days.

Statistics by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) reveal a steady decrease with only 272 patients arriving at the clinic on Tuesday, while 316 and 374 recorded on Monday and Sunday respectively.
A total of 867 patients consulted at flu clinics in the islands on Tuesday, with 887 consulting on Monday.

Statistics reveal that 169 people have tested positive for the H1N1 virus, more commonly known as the swine flu, in the Maldives. The virus had claimed three lives, two locals and one expatriate while 32 patients are admitted and being treated for the virus.