Holland 'not prepared for flu pandemic'

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2 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — A report by the Health Inspectorate warns the Netherlands is not sufficiently prepared to cope with a worldwide flu pandemic.

2 November 2005

AMSTERDAM — A report by the Health Inspectorate warns the Netherlands is not sufficiently prepared to cope with a worldwide flu pandemic.

The research was carried out in light of the threat of an outbreak of bird flu. It found no agreements have been made with doctors in many parts of the country on how to deal with a major outbreak. Deals also have to be finalised about the distribution of anti-viral drugs.

Health Minister Hans Hoogervorst has given the regions until the end of the year to finalise their contingency plans.

The report found Zeeland Province had the most problems. Friesland, the Haaglanden region, the southern part of South Holland Province and the south and centre regions of Gelderland Province have been put under extra supervision to ensure they have their plans ready by 1 January 2006.

The researchers found there was also a lack of information on the planning in three other regions.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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