by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Thursday, 31 January 2019 05:42 PM
MANILA, Philippines – Influenza or flu is common nowadays as the northeast monsoon or amihan prolongs drop in temperature in the country.
Flu differs from common cough and cold since it is accompanied with high fever and muscle pain that last for days.
According to the Department of Health (DOH), flu season starts from the month of October to February.
But the DOH warns of the severe effects or complications that flu can cause to the human body which can be fatal if not immediately attended to.
“Binabantayan natin kung ano iyong strain at talagang by middle of the year nagbabakuna na tayo. Sa Pilipinas ang peak lang talaga ng flu-like illnesses itong panahon ng malamig,” explained Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo.
“Ang nakakatakot lang kasi na gusto nating ma- prevent iyong mga flu na nagkakaroon ng complication. Kasi maaari siyang mauwi sa pneumonia at of course maaaring in the end makamatay,” the health official warned.
In view of the possible outbreak, the DOH reminds the public to keep protected by strengthening the immune system.
Take vitamin C shots and more fluids like orange juice and six to eight glasses of water every day.
Sleep at least six to eight hours a day and make sure to exercise and eat fruits and vegetables.
Make it a habit to wear face mask especially when in crowded places or when travelling to avoid contracting flu virus.
Based on DOH records, flu cases in the country has declined this year as compared to the same period last year considering that the flu strain detected last year was stronger than those being monitored this year.
“Worrisome ang flu last year. Medyo matapang iyong flu last year hindi lang sa Pilipians kundi sa ibang bansa sa Amerika, sa Hong Kong. It was a virulent strain last year,” noted Domingo.
The World Health Organization (WHO) noted that the flu has become one of the severe health threats in the world this year.
The DOH advises parents to make sure their children get a complete set of vaccination to be well-protected.
Meanwhile, senior citizens may also avail of free flu shots in barangay health centers and DOH accredited hospitals. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
by UNTV News | Posted on Friday, 15 March 2019 06:55 PM
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) is looking to strictly implement a ‘one watcher, one patient’ policy in hospitals hit by the Manila Water supply shortage.
During a press conference at the National Kidney Institute of the Philippines (NKTI) in Quezon City on March 14, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said a confined patient would only be allowed to have one visitor or watcher to minimize water use.
Duque appealed to patients and their kin to bear with the policy as hospital managements are prioritizing water use for critical care.
He added that this is just temporary given the current situation in parts of Metro Manila and Rizal Province.
Duque said they have identified five hospitals that are affected by the Manila Water’s supply issues. These are NKTI, the Rizal Medical Center in Pasig, the National Center for Mental Health in Mandaluyong, the Philippine Children’s Medical Center and the Quirino Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City.
Manila Water has earlier assured to prioritize hospitals in its distribution of water supply.
NKTI earlier said they will be using peritoneal dialysis method which only requires around six liters of water, compared with hemodialysis which consumes 100 liters of water per session. — Robie de Guzman
by UNTV News | Posted on Friday, 15 March 2019 04:34 PM
The Department of Health (DOH) has raised concerns during the ongoing water shortage in Metro Manila and nearby areas especially with the increasing dengue cases in the country.
The recent report of DOH Epidemiology Bureau has recorded 40,614 dengue cases dengue cases from January 1 to March 2 which is 68% higher compared to the same period last year.
According to DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, the water collected by residents can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes especially if it is not used immediately.
Duque encourages the public to use the 4-S strategy:
Search and destroy breeding places
Seek early consultation
Support spraying to prevent impending outbreak
“Pwedeng takpan ng plastic, talian sa may labi ng mga lalagyan at siguraduhin na ito’y hindi mapamugaran ng mga lamok. Doon ang kiti- kiti ay dadami, magiging lamok at sila ay magkakalat ng sakit sa dengue, [They can cover it with plastic and ensure that it will not become breeding grounds for mosquitoes because it can cause dengue],” he added. —Aileen Cerrudo
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