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(UPDATE) Family tested positive for H1N1 Qatar, fight to be treated; Paediatric Tamiflu unavailable

(UPDATE) Family tested positive for H1N1 Qatar, fight to be treated; Paediatric Tamiflu unavailable

A pregnant mother, and her two children–a boy aged 4 and a girl aged 3 have tested positive for H1N1 in Qatar, and are struggling to receive proper treatment.

JustHere  spoke to the father who said his wife was released from the hospital, but has still not managed to find the medication for his children.

A friend of the family informed JustHere that they have requested friends travelling from Egypt to bring the paediatric dosage. “However, I spoke to an official at WHO who said that the medicine won’t be effective as 48 hours have already passed since the virus was first detected in the children. We are still going to administer the medicine as a precaution,” he said.

According to the Tamiflu website, efficacy of TAMIFLU in patients who begin treatment after 48 hours of symptoms has not been established.

Meanwhile, SCH after repeated reminders has still not responded.

3 June, 2012, Monday

A pregnant mother, and her two children–a boy aged 4 and a girl aged 3 have tested positive for H1N1 in Qatar, and are struggling to receive proper treatment.

JustHere learnt from the father, M.A. who has not been tested, that his wife has been kept in isolation at the Hamad Hospital, while the children are being treated as out patients. However, the Tamiflu (45mg) paediatric syrup is not available in the market.

This is his story:

On Wednesday last, his son came home from school with high fever and was taken to the Hamad hospital in Wakra. He was treated with paracetamol and sent home. The following day, his daughter fell ill as well, and the son hadn’t recovered. Since the Wakra hospital didn’t change the treatment, the children were taken to a private clinic in Al Sadd. A slighter stronger medicine was administered that gave temporary relief.

However, by Friday, his pregnant wife also fell ill and both children were faring badly. After several more trips, on Sunday he took his wife and children to the HMC. The wife alone was tested, and on a positive H1N1 result was taken into isolation.

The children were then taken to the Al Sadd paediatric emergency, where the staff said they had no isolation rooms and that it was best the children were taken to either the branch in the Airport area or to Wakra.

Hours later and after running from pillar to post, he went back to the Wakra hospital, where he and the children were kept in isolation till they could procure the required kit from another hospital to test for the virus.

The children have tested positive for H1N1, but the hospital requires him to buy the medicine (Tamiflu 45mg) which is unavailable in the market.

M.A. says his wife was being treated with Tamiflu and antibiotics. However, he hasn’t been given proper advice on the care of his children either. Even as late as 8.30 this night (Monday), he was driving around Qatar with his sick children, trying to acquire Tamiflu paediatric syrup.

JustHere spoke to representatives of both Supreme Council of Health and Hamad Medical Corporation, neither of whom were able to give any information.

JustHere also spoke to several pharmacies in the city, who all said only the 75mg dosage for adults was available, and the paediatric (45mg) syrup was not available in the market. The best option is to reduce the adult dose, but it had to be administered only under supervision.

Questions remain unanswered on whether the isolation procedures practiced where in keeping with WHO rules, and if the children being treated as outpatients is acceptable.

In April this year a 43-year-old Qatari man died of H1NI.

Following that, The Peninsula reported: The SCH said it was closely monitoring the situation in cooperation with the National Influenza Centre of Hamad Medical Corporation, which is one of the accredited centres in the world operating under the supervision the World Health Organisation (WHO) to diagnose the influenza virus and provide the necessary information.

The Council appealed to citizens and residents to take preventive measures and visit the nearest health centre when flu symptoms were suspected, especially a rise in temperature, coughing, sneezing or shortness of breath.

The Council stressed the importance of vaccination against influenza, especially for people at risk of influenza complications, including the elderly, persons suffering from chronic diseases, children under five, pregnant women and people suffering from immune deficiency.


  1. May

    This is Extremely sad ! In Another country is a Child is detected with H1N1, the whole school is closed for 2 days at least… but to release the children Without Medication and Hospitals to prescribes medicines that are not even available in the Country this is Absurd ! Qatar Needs a lot of progress in Medical Field !

  2. Ahmed Ismail

    The crazy thing is that they tested the mother and the 2 kids, and they were positive, but they didn’t test the father. Plus if the kids got the virus from the school it means that a lot of kids in this school had got the virus.

  3. Sherif

    The whole cycle of system is wrong , it seems to me that there are a lot of doctors and nurses don’t have a guide on how to deal with such critical situation.
    First, the doctors never personalize the virus, that leads the kid to infect sister and pregnant mother.
    Second, the moment they tested positive the mother they should isolate all the family members immediately at the same hospital, whether its for adults nor kids and immediate investigation should start about the source of the virus and the places they were attending and they should take an action by closing the school until they make sure that no other kids already infected in order to stop virus spreading.
    Third, how can the father in such situation deal with searching about a medicine already is not available at the market?!!

    Finally i just what to say that medical platform and medical capability at Qatar are very strong, However, human resources, expertise, systems and emergency plans are “badly infected”.

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