Two more bird-flu patients die in Adam Malik hospital
Two bird flu patients passed away in Adam Malik Hospital Medan, a spokesman of the hospital dr. Alwinsyah Abidin said here on Monday.
With the latest deaths, a total of six bird flu patients had passed away in the hospital so far, he said.
Raphael (8) died at midnight on Saturday, while Brenita Karo-karo (18 months) died on Sunday evening.
The two children suffered from high fever when they were brought to the hospital. They were later put in an isolated care unit for intensive medical treatment until they passed away.
Currently, Adam Malik Hospital is still treating another bird flu patient, namely Johanes Ginting (25), from Tanah Karo village, North Sumatra.
Coordinating Minister for People?s Welfare Aburizal Bakrie early this month said that some 401 suspects of bird flu (avian influenza) had been examined. Of the number, 330 were declared negative with the bird flu virus, 128 were still under observations and 128 had been confirmed positive with the virus.<br />
Indonesia needs some US$900 million for a three-year program to fight Avian flu, he said, adding that the funds would be obtained from the state budget (US$50 million per year) and the private sector (US$20 million per year).