DOH-CHD intensifies info drive on H1N1 virus prevention in Northern Mindanao

May 6, 2009 3:15 am 

Cagayan de Oro City, May 5 — Be vigilant! If you have fever for two days, immediately consult a doctor. Provide the sick person a separate room in the house or if this is not possible, keep the patient, at least, one-meter away from the other family members.

This is the advice of Dr. Jaime S. Bernadas, Regional Director of the Department of Health – Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD), Region 10, who said everybody in the community should be made aware of how the so-called H1N1 virus can be prevented even if no such cases have been reported yet in the country.

During a recent media briefing, Bernadas stressed the importance of prevention rather than cure of this deadly virus which is commonly known as the Mexican Swine Flu and defined as a novel virus that resulted from the re-assortment of 4 viruses from pigs, humans and birds is considered fatal to humans.

This virus has similar signs and symptoms of a regular flu such as fever, headache, fatigue, muscle or joint pains, lack of appetite, runny nose, sore throat and cough, as well as, vomiting or nausea and diarrhea.

Bernadas, however, clarified that its mode of transmission is exposure to droplets from the cough and sneeze of infected person and not by eating thoroughly cooked pork.

For protection and to avoid getting sick, the DOH-CHD has suggested the following measures: cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze, always wash your hands with soap, use alcohol-based sanitizers and avoid close contact with sick persons.

It is also best to use surgical mask when caring for the sick person, wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly after each contact with the sick person, have proper ventilation where the sick person stays and keep the environment clean, all the time.

Another suggestion is to increase your body resistance by having, at least, eight (8) hours of sleep, physically active, managing your stress, drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious food, Bernadas added. (PNA)



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