Laguna hospital explains use of improvised oxygen hood for infant patients

Marje Pelayo   •   August 14, 2019   •   1020

LAGUNA, Philippines – Three infants inside Dr. Jose P. Rizal Memorial District Hospital in Calamba are placed under improvised oxygen hoods made from plastic water containers.

The halved one-gallon plastic containers are attached to an oxygen hose. Adhesive tape covers the edges of the container to protect the babies’ sensitive skin.

According to the hospital’s OIC Dr. Ignacia Flores, the patients are in dire need of oxygen due to their health conditions.

One of them, named Baby Ellaine, is suffering from severe dehydration and acute gastroenteritis while another baby, named Baby Camille, has pneumonia.

Baby Angel, meanwhile, is diagnosed with multiple congenital anomaliex.

Mas maganda iyan at iyan ang kailangan talaga kasi kung nasal cannula ang ikakabit, mas hindi effective yun sa bata kasi baby nga  sila (It’s better that way and it’s what they really need because if we use nasal cannula it wouldn’t be as effective because they are still babies),” Dr. Flores said.

Magiging iritable ang baby. Ang tendency niyan maglilikot. Matatanggal din itong cannula (na) ito, (The baby would be irritable and restless. The cannula will only get dislodged ),” she added.

The parents did not oppose such procedure though it drew criticisms when the photos went viral on social media.

Nakatulong naman po kasi hanggang ngayon buhay pa ang anak ko, (It seems to have helped because my baby is still alive),” said Angel’s mother Marjorie Canaco.

Kasi kapag nangingitim na si baby, itataas lang ito para lumakas (at) nawawala na yung pangingitim niya, (When my baby turns blue, I will just lift [this tube] and her color returns to normal),” she added.

Tulong na rin ito sa amin. Pagdating namin dito hindi siya makahinga kaya agad siyang nilagyan ng oxygen, (This helps us a lot. When we arrived here, she couldn’t breathe. They immediately attached this oxygen),” said Ellaine’s mother Ligaya Dolpo.

Flores argued that the hospital couldn’t reject the patients so they needed to find ways instead of driving them away.

“Actually, hindi na nagagamit din ang conventional kasi mas gusto [nila] itong improvised at mas mabilis nagagawa agad, (Actually, they don’t want the conventional (oxygen) and prefer the improvised which is faster to make),” Dr. Flore said.

As good as a conventional oxygen hood ang effect niyan. Nothing to worry,” she added.

Meanwhile, the Laguna Provincial Government in defense said the rise in cases of dengue in the province prompted them to improvise due to shortage in supply of oxygen hoods.

Ang oxygen hood kasi ay kung bakit nagkaubusan because of the outbreak, (There has been a shortage of oxygen hoods because of the (dengue) outbreak),” explained Christopher Sanji of Laguna Government PIO.

Ngayon lang nangyari ito sa probinsiya (This is the first time that this happened in the province),” Sanji added.

JP Rizal Hospital in Calamba is just one of the nine district hospitals that below average households from San Pedro to Bae in Laguna run to first for their medical concerns. – MNP (with details from Sherwin Culubong)

DOH: Practice good hygiene to prevent meningococcemia

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 9, 2019

Filipino students practice proper hand washing on the eve of the seventh Global Handwashing day in Manila, the Philippines, 14 October 2015. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

The Department of Health (DOH) has advised the public to practice good hygiene in order to prevent meningococcemia.

DOH Assistant Secretary of the Public Health Services Team Maria Rosario Vergeire has clarified there is still no meningococcemia outbreak in the country after two cases of the disease were confirmed in Laguna and Batangas.

However, Vergeire said early prevention is important to prevent the spread of disease.

“I urge the public to practice good personal hygiene such as regular handwashing, and covering of mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing to prevent the spread of this disease,” she said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the department is still awaiting the results of five more suspected meningococcemia cases that are being examined.

According to Vergeire, meningococcemia is a rare but very serious disease.

She reiterated the importance of early diagnosis and immediate treatment with antibiotics if an individual is experiencing symptoms.

Symptoms of the disease include cough, headache, and sore throat, followed by upper respiratory symptoms, fever, chills, malaise, nausea, vomiting and skin rashes.

“It can quickly progress and manifest with lethargy, difficulty in breathing, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light, seizures, hemorrhagic eruptions, purpuric and petechial skin lesion, and hypotension. In 15% of the cases, death can occur within a few hours,” according to the DOH statement.—AAC

DOH monitors another child from Laguna for possible polio

Marje Pelayo   •   September 25, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A six-year-old boy from Barangay Parian in Calamba, Laguna is now being monitored after showing symptoms of polio.

According to the Department of Health (DOH) Region 4A Director Eduardo Janairo, the boy also manifests difficulty walking.

“Ang problema doon, hindi siya nabigyan ng kahit anung polio vaccine kaya medyo suspected talaga at delikado siya, (The problem is that, he never received any polio vaccine so he is highly at risk), Janairo said.

The boy’s fecal sample has already been sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) for tests.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), poliomyelitis or polio is a highly infectious infantile paralysis caused by poliovirus. It causes muscle weakness and inability to move. In some cases, polio may lead to breathing difficulty and death.

Poliovirus can spread through fecal to oral transmission or when the stool of an infected person is introduced into the mouth of another person through contaminated water or food.

Oral to oral transmission, meanwhile, is through an infected person’s saliva.

“Napakaimportante ng cleanliness, nang paghuhugas ng kamay pagkatapos mag-CR, (Cleanliness is very important like proper washing of the hands every after defecating),” Janairo advised.

“Ang mga bata kailangan lagi naghuhugas ng kamay pagkatapos maglaro at kung maari iyong kuko, iyong mga putik sa kuko, maaaring may polio virus iyon na kapag nakain ng bata, magkakaroon din siya, (Children should practice hand washing every after outdoor activities. The dirt or mud in their nails must be cleaned because they might have polio virus. Once they ingest that, they can be infected),” the official said.

Polio symptoms include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck, and pain in the limbs which can lead to permanent paralysis.

At present, there is no cure for polio but it can be prevented through immunization.

Meanwhile, they boy from Laguna who earlier tested positive for poliovirus is now confined at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center in Quezon City. – MNP (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)

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CAAP begins probe on Laguna plane crash

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 2, 2019

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has begun investigation on the plane crash in Calamba, Laguna on Sunday (Sept 1).

The CAAP is already in possession of the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder of Lion Air 350 that crashed at a resort in Miramonte Village Barangay Pansol.

They also investigated the crash site and collected all the debris from the airplane.

According to CAAP Aircraft Investigator Harry Paradero, they also interviewed eye witnesses to document the scenario before the crash happened.

“Bali tinitignan pa lang namin iyong crash site, iyon lang naman sa ngayon, (For now, we are investigating the crash site)” he said.

The medical evacuation plane came from Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte. It boarded nine passengers and was supposed to fly to Manila in order to provide medical assistance to their New Zealander passenger.

READ: Plane crashes at resort in Calamba, Laguna; kills 9

None of the passengers survived the crash. Witnesses said parts of the plane were already separating before it crashed in their area.

“Talagang sinundan po na namin iyong pagbagsak kaya po nung naglanding siya dito mga 2 to 3 minutes, (We really followed the crash. It landed here at around 2 to 3 minutes),” said Jeff Rodriguez, one of the eye witnesses.

Meanwhile, families of the victims are set to bring their relatives home.—AAC (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)

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