Barak instructs Defense Ministry to ready for swine flu crisis

By JPOST.COM STAFF
April 28, 2009 15:36

Following the discovery of swine flu in Israel, Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the ministry's secretary-general, Pinchas Buchris, to coordinate the ministry in case the disease spreads. The instruction follows a 2005 government decision that relegates responsibility to the Defense Ministry in cases a medical situation might turn into a national crisis. The medical-professional aspect of handling the disease will remain the responsibility of the Health Ministry, the Defense Ministry's statement said.


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