1,000 tests arrive in the countrySaturday, June 27, 2009
Gov't analyzing declaring health emergency next week
The health minister of Buenos Aires province, Caludio Zin, said the government might declare the state of health emergency next week, as a result of the rapid spread of Inluenza A in the country. He meanwhile confirmed that 1,000 kits to test patients in only 10 minutes.
The minister said the national government is "analyzing" declaring the state of health emergency, a measure he describes a "tool" that will allow making "fast decisions." Zin, however, denied that schools and other buildings might be closed down as a result of the large number of cases reported. "Why should we close a shopping centre, people are aware of the precautions they should take," he noted.
"Emergency does not mean we're closing down everything. It will work as a framework to make fast decisions, such as the direct purchase of supplies and the mobilization of personnel," the minister told a radio interview.
Zin confirmed that the crisis committee is slated to meet this week to make a decision on the possibility of declaring the emergency.
The minister confirmed that 1,000 Inluenza A tests, which will know whether a person has contracted the illness in only 10 minutes, will arrive in Argentina this week. Zin said more doses of the test would arrive in the country in the following weeks.