|Update on Sunday 9th December
Drug Supply on its way via Falkland Islands as Tristan introduces isolation measures
Up to 50 islanders have been suffering from a flu virus in recent weeks, with asthma sufferers particularly affected, and as a result there is a concern that stocks of drugs are low. We can now confirm that a supply of drugs was airlifted to the Falkland Islands on Saturday 8th December and that the RFA Gold Rover is expected to 9th December and should arrive at Tristan da Cunha on Saturday 15th December.
The airlift entailed an 18 hour journey covering over 12677 km (7877 miles) and the sea trip will cover a distance of 3902 km or (2424 miles). So the drugs will have travelled 16,579 km or 10,301 miles to reach Tristan da Cunha!
On Friday 7th December the Tristan Administrator David Morley, in consultation with Medical Officer Dr Lazlo Szabo, issued a Public Notice making arrangements to minimise the spread of the flu virus in the close-knit Tristan Community, see below. Ironically this means that the world’s most remote community has introduced isolation measures! Administrator David Morley confirms that ‘there has been no emergency, and it does appear that the virus is on the ebb. But we are not prepared to take the slightest risk with anyone’s life. That’s why I took the measures listed in the Public Notice and that’s why we’ve arranged the re supply.’
|Friday December 7th 2007: Arrangements to minimise the spread of flu virus on Tristan da Cunha
Extracts from a Public Notice from Administrator David Morley
Special Measures :
Information courtesy of www.tristandc.com the official website of Tristan da Cunha