(Balitrips.net) / 16 May 2009
Indonesia remains free from the H1N1 strain of influenza type A, Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said Saturday. "The
results of tests conducted on blood samples of three people suspected
to have been infected with flu virus were negative," she told Antara
state news agency.
Previously, three people - an Indonesian
worker in East Java who had just returned from Taiwan, a journalist
from China covering the annual meeting of the ADB in Bali, and an
expatriate from Australia - were suspected of being infected with the
H1N1 flu virus.
"The health conditions of the three people have
improved. The Australian national admitted to Sulianti Saroso Hospital
has also recovered and has been allowed to return home," the minister
Supari added the government would continue to monitor and
stay alert for any possible cases of the infectious disease by
preparing health services infrastructure and facilities, medication and
"We are ready with various anticipatory efforts and
vigilant plans to face a possible swine flu pandemic. The H5N1 [bird
flu] extraordinary incident alert status has not yet been lifted, so we
still have the needed facilities."
She added the government was
also reinforcing the capacity of health posts at ports (KKP) to monitor
people coming into the country from overseas in an effort to have an
early detection of the H1N1 flu.
Supari said the government had set up 80 KKPs, of which 25 were situated at international gateways.
such KKPs, thermal detectors have been installed and health alert cards
have been handed out to foreigners, while clinics, paramedics,
isolation rooms, self-protector devices and medicine have also been
The government has also prepared 100 reference
hospitals that previously served as reference hospitals for bird flu
patients, as well as laboratories for sample examinations.