Why are there so many women dying from influenza in the Northern Territory?
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The Northern Territory government has revealed that there are so many people dying from the coronavirus outbreak in the Territory that the coronaval antibody test has not been implemented yet in the whole of the Northern Australian region.
In a letter to the Northern Territorians Health Minister, Dr Paul Withers said that a significant number of the deaths have occurred in the area of Wodonga, the town on the southern tip of the Territory.
The letter said there had been an increase in the number of cases of influenza in Wodongas health department and “there is a significant increase in deaths”.
“This is due to the increased numbers of people who have been infected and are ill,” Dr Wither, who is also a doctor, said in the letter.
“It is estimated that in the period from February to June this year, there have been more than 6,000 cases of coronaviruses reported to the health department in the region.”
There has been a large increase in mortality and death associated with influenza in this region.
The numbers of deaths have increased in Wotonga and in the Wodongo area as a whole.
” The Northern Territory Government said that the increased mortality was not being due to a lack of vaccine and that the number who have died were a result of a lack or shortage of the immunisation.
In the letter, Dr Withering also outlined the risks associated with the use of the vaccine in the regional areas of Wotongas, including the increased risk of contracting influenza during the pandemic.
He said that because of the increased levels of vaccination, the rate of deaths in the community had also increased.
Dr Wither said that this increased risk had resulted in “great concern” and that this had been highlighted in a number of community meetings.
Ms Watson said the Government had received several concerns about the use, or lack of use, of the coronaccavirus vaccine and the risk it poses to health. “
We understand the need to make sure the health and safety of the community is protected, particularly in Wongonga and Wodogo, and that we will implement the recommendations of the Government’s Northern Territory coronaviral control strategy, as well as the coronacovirus vaccination strategy recommendations made in the National Emergency Plan,” Dr Hilda Watson, a public health officer with the Northern Territories Health Department, said.
Ms Watson said the Government had received several concerns about the use, or lack of use, of the coronaccavirus vaccine and the risk it poses to health.
She said the department would be providing a further update on the use (or lack thereof) of the pandocavirus vaccination protocol in the coming weeks.
‘We don’t have any data’ to know how many deaths there have actually been in the NT.
Aboriginal Health Minister and Health Minister Dr Paul Watson says there is no data to indicate the number or the number per 100,000 people who are dying.
This is why the NT Government is recommending a vaccine.
It’s an important public safety measure and a vaccine would be the only thing that would be able to reduce those numbers.
Dr Wethers says the health system in the northern Territory is not prepared to implement the vaccine and there are other options.
“We don the vaccination plan to have an effective plan that would provide a vaccine that would make sense to people and make sure that people were protected,” he said.
“We don, we don’t, we have no data, no data.”
Topics:vaccines-and-immunity,diseases-and/or-disorders,health,sport,nsw,australiaFirst posted March 15, 2019 11:03:47Contact James SmithMore stories from New South Wales
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