Two children died in Upper Kurram Agency because of shortage of medicines on Wednesday, increasing the number of such deaths to 43 in three weeks, a private TV channel reported.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Interior Senator Talha Mehmood has said that substandard drugs at the camps of internally displaced persons (IDPs) may add to the sufferings of ailing individuals, and urged the authorities to intensify inspection of drugs being distributed at these camps.

At least five children died of diarrhoea and another 568 have been attacked in five upazilas including Barisal City Corporation (BCC) area of the district in the last one and a half month due to severe heat.

According to an official source, of the total, 395 children have been attacked in the month of April while 173 children within 15 of the current month here.

Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (BPL) yesterday announced that it has commenced supplying Oseltamivir capsules, Oseflu

The world health organisation (WHO) has provided two million capsules of generic Oseltamivir, known as Tamiflu as brand name, to the government as a part of its global pandemic influenza preparedness programnmes.

While a universal flu vaccine would be ideal, the world

Two shots of measles vaccine given during childhood protect a person for life. Four shots of polio vaccine do the same. But flu shots must be taken every year. And even so, they provide less than complete protection.

Old Ways A hurdle to faster flu vaccine production is that current methods use chicken eggs to grow the virus.

The number of swine flu cases in Japan soared over the weekend, raising the likelihood that the World Health Organization will soon have to raise its pandemic alert level to 6, the highest level.

On Sunday, the assistant principal of a school in Queens died after being hospitalized with swine flu. It was the sixth flu-related death in the United States and the first in New York State.

The swine flu virus did not result from a laboratory accident, the World Health Organization said Thursday, working to debunk rumors started by an Australian virologist and circulated by news outlets all over the world.

Pregnant women who get swine flu are at such high risk of complications like pneumonia, dehydration and premature labor that they should be treated at once with the antiviral drug Tamiflu