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SHC Prepares Against AH1N1, Dengue

Article/News by: MJTVeran (The HeartBeat Publication)
Date Posted: June 13, 2009


The rumored cases of AH1N1 in SHC are non-existing.The Office of the Vice-President for Student Services and External Affairs of Dr. Juanito Merle, organized an orientation for SHC personnel on AH1N1 and dengue viruses at the Audio Visual Room, June 10 and 11.


Mrs. Rosario Bandelaria, RN, of the Philippine National Red Cross shared her expertise on AH1N1 and dengue viruses on the first day of orientation. To start off, Mrs. Bandelaria gave the World Health Organization (WHO) update that as of June 5 there are 69 countries with 21, 940 cases of the swine flu with 125 cases of death and 1% of cases of fatality. In the Philippines, according to the Department of Health, there are 46 who are positive, 98 still pending at the laboratory, 397 are negative and there are 91 new cases of the said flu.


Mrs. Bandelaria enlightened the SHC personnel more on AH1N1. The said flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses, thus the name swine flu. The speaker emphasized that although humans do not normally get swine flu, human infections because of it do happen. There are high risks of complications for those who are 60 years old and above, children less than 5 years old, pregnant women, and people of any age with chronic medical cases.


The signs and symptoms of AH1N1 flu are fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue. But to some people it could be diarrhea, vomiting, pneumonia, or respiratory failure. Mrs. Bandelaria warned that one should be careful and be alert if one of the symptoms is experienced: fast breathing or trouble in breathing, bluish or gray skin color, not drinking enough fluids, severe or persistent vomiting, and not waking up or not interacting. A person may be infected even before these symptoms may be seen.


This AH1N1 virus can easily spread through coughing or sneezing by people with the flu or touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. The virus can stay alive on inanimate objects for 2 to 8 hours. A person should be considered potentially contagious as long as they are symptomatic, even up to seven days following the onset of the illness, which is why those who are suspected with flu are advised to be quarantined for at least one week.


Whereas dengue was also being discussed, Mrs. Bandelaria explained that it is a viral disease common during rainy season. The etiologic agents of the virus are Aedes Aegypti that is a kind of mosquito that rests in cool, dark corners of the house, and breeds mostly on flower vases and the like; and Aedes Albopicus, another kind of mosquito that can be seen outdoors in clearing and vegetations, which breeds at tree holes and bamboo stumps.


The signs and symptoms of dengue are headache, pain behind the eye, muscle pain, joint pain, skin rash and nausea. Dengue Hemorrhagic fever (DHF) symptoms are gum bleeding, hematemesis, melena and thrombocytopenia, while DSS are rapid and weak pulse, narrow pulse pressure (20mmHg), hypotension, cold clammy skin, and restlessness with or without difficulty in breathing.

It is said that one should be warned during three to five days of the fever because it is a critical period and thus, a patient may die within 12 to 24 hours. One can prevent the dengue virus by destroying the breeding places of the mosquitoes.


For the second day of orientation, Engr. Elda Aranilla of SHC’s Committee on Health and Safety introduced Dr. Vincent Martinez and his team from the Lucena City Health Office. Dr. Martinez relayed more information on the AH1N1 virus, precautionary measures and interim guidelines for schools as per instruction from the Department of Health.


Dr. Martinez enumerated the ways on how everyone can avoid AH1N1 virus and emphasized the importance of proper hand washing:


  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
  • Always wash hands (15-20 sec) with soap and water.
  • Use alcohol- based hand sanitizers (if hand washing is not possible)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people (at least 1 meter)
  • Social Distancing
  • Increase your body’s resistance
  • Have at least 8 hours of sleep
  • Be physically active
  • Manage your stress
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Eat nutritious food

  • PROPER HAND WASHING

  • Moisten hands and apply soap
  • Wash palm over palm
  • Palm to back of hand with fingers interlocked
  • Palm to palm with fingers interlocked
  • Rotational rubbing
  • Rotational holding thumb
  • Attention to palms/fingers
  • Rinse well
  • Dry with paper towel
  • Finish with rubbing alcohol

As a response to the global alarm and imminent pandemic due to the AH1N1 virus, Mrs. Leticia Hernandez, SHC Coordinator for Health Services, informed everyone that every Monday, starting June 15, the clinic staff along with the clinical instructors and selected students from the College of Nursing will be checking the temperature of each student and school personnel from the BED to HED. Those with temperature of 37.8oC and above will be sent to the school clinic for further check-up.


With this, the personnel are one with the campaign against these diseases for the protection of the students and in disseminating information to the school’s clienteles.




                             
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