Uganda confirms first case of Ebola

Robie de Guzman   •   June 12, 2019   •   3040

Courtesy : Reuters

Uganda has confirmed its first case of Ebola during the current outbreak, a five-year-old Congolese child who is receiving care after arriving from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday (June 11).

Uganda Minister of Health, Aceng Jane Ruth, confirmed the case and detailed the circumstances to the media at a briefing in Kampala.

The WHO said in a statement: “This is the first confirmed case in Uganda during the Ebola outbreak on-going in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo.”

The affected child, traveling with his family, had entered Uganda on June 9 through Bwera Border post. They sought medical care at Kagando hospital and the child was transferred to Bwera Ebola Treatment Unit for management, the WHO said.

“The confirmation was made today by the Uganda Virus Institute (UVRI) … Contacts are being monitored,” the WHO said.

Since the epidemic began in August in eastern Congo, the Congo health ministry said on Monday that it had recorded 2,062 cases including 1,390 deaths.

Uganda has suffered regular outbreaks of Ebola and Marburg over the years, both high-fatality viral haemorrhagic fevers, and health facilities to treat the diseases are relatively robust for the region. (REUTERS)

3 Chinese nationals quarantined in Kalibo due to suspected SARS-like virus

Maris Federez   •   January 20, 2020

Aklan, Philippines – The Provincial Health Office (PHO) in Kalibo is currently on red alert status as three Chinese nationals were reportedly quarantined after they were suspected of having contracted the new SARS-like pneumonia virus.

The three were admitted at the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbukon Memorial Hospital (DRSMTH).

Aklan PHO’s Dr. Cornelio Cuahon said that first to be put under hospital quarantine was a 29-year-old Chinese national on January 17.

The second was a three-year-old girl on January 18, while the third was a 65-year-old who was tagged after landing at Kalibo airport this Monday.

The Bureau of Quarantine stationed at the Kalibo International Airport (KLO) reportedly spotted the three Chinese nationals as they arrived from different provinces of China.

The KLO has direct flights coming from different parts of China.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the virus belongs to the same family of coronaviruses like the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) which have killed nearly 800 people worldwide in the 2002 outbreak that also started in China.

This prompted the WHO and health leaders to step up efforts to contain the new-found virus which reportedly emerged in Wuhan province in December 2019.

Authorities are concerned that the virus might spread to other countries as Chinese citizens tend to travel domestically and abroad as they celebrate the Lunar New Year break which will begin next week. /mbmf

China rules out SARS as cases of ‘mysterious viral pneumonia’ climbs to 59

Marje Pelayo   •   January 6, 2020

(FILE PHOTO) A medical worker takes the temperature of people entering Shanghai at the toll gate of the Huning Nanjing-Shanghai Huning expressway, 06 May 2003. Chinese police and medical workers help prevent SARS by stopping coaches and cars to ask passengers to take temperature and fill in Health Declaration. | EPA-EFE/SHEN YU

PHILIPPINES – Health authorities in China on Sunday (January 5) reported that the number of individuals infected by the so-called ‘mysterious viral pneumonia’ has already climbed to 59, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

China however, said that the viral disease is not the contagious, flu-like virus dubbed as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that killed hundreds of people during an outbreak in 2002 to 2003.

Health authorities, likewise, clarified that the virus was neither the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) or avian influenza.

The said viral pneumonia, whose origin and cause still unknown, has infected workers at a fresh seafood market in the Central China city of Wuhan, in Hubei province.

The Wuhan Health Commission, as cited by the WHO, said all patients are being treated in quarantine and none have died so far.

Also, no obvious evidence of human-to-human transmission has been found so far, the Commission said, but investigations are ongoing to identify any other cases or contacts of the disease.

Adults should have at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 5, 2019

Much as we enjoy being a couch potato, our bodies need the right amount of exercise to stay healthy.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that adults ages 18–64, to have at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week or 75 minutes of rigorous physical activity a week.

Studies have shown that physically adults have lower rates of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and depression.

Other benefits include:

  • less risk of a hip or vertebral fracture;
  • exhibit a higher level of cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness; and
  • more likely to achieve weight maintenance, have a healthier body mass and composition.

The WHO said the recommendation is applicable to all healthy adults. However, there will be adjustments depending on the exercise capacity of an individual and the specific health risks or limitations.

“There are multiple ways of accumulating the total of 150 minutes per week. The concept of accumulation refers to meeting the goal of 150 minutes per week by performing activities in multiple shorter bouts, of at least 10 minutes each, spread throughout the week then adding together the time spent during each of these bouts: e.g. 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity 5 times per week,” according to their statement.—AAC

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