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CHO Iligan paramedics into campaign vs A(H1N1)

by Lorry V. Gabule

Iligan City (24 June) -- Medical doctors, nurses, midwives and other health personnel of the Iligan City Health Office (CHO) are deployed to conduct lectures focusing on the prevention against the new virus causing illness in people called Influenza A (H1N1).

City Health Officer Livey Villarin of Iligan City said that part of their drive is close guarding and disciplinary action for new arrivals of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in the City.

"We encouraged families and relatives of the OFWs not to get in touch with them especially if they come from a country with a positive case of A (H1N1)," said Dr. Villarin.

As a precautionary measure, OFWs are advised to a self-quarantine for two weeks.

Dr. Villarin explained that A(H1N1) Flu is not transmitted by eating thoroughly cooked pork, but can be acquired through exposure to droplets from the cough and sneeze of an infected person.

To increase body's resistance and protect one's self from getting sick, a person may have at least 8 hours of sleep, be physically active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

Among the measures, Villarin said that to combat A(H1N1), a person may cover his nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing; always wash hands with soap and water; use alcohol-based hand sanitizers; and, avoid close contact with sick people.

Villarin added that if there is a sick person at home, immediately bring him / her to a doctor.

"Children are susceptible to colds and flu, thus, we provide the different schools with reading materials on what they should know about A(H1N1)," Villarin concluded. (PIA-Lanao del Norte) [top]

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