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DOH advises people to keep healthy and observe proper hygiene

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (27 June) -- "The best way to protect ourselves from getting sick is by keeping a healthy lifestyle, having good nutrition, plenty of water, enough rest and sleep, avoid getting stressed, do away of vices like smoking and too much drinking, observe proper hygiene and if possible avoid crowded places," said Dr. Nick Gordo, Medical Specialist IV of Department of Health -CAR during a radio interview, Thursday.

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque announced Monday the first A H1N1 related death in the country, a 49-year old female who is known to have a pre-existing chronic heart disease. Post autopsy finding disclosed that the death was caused by congestive heart failure, secondary to acute myocardial infarction aggravated by severe pneumonia, wither bacterial, viral or both. A throat swab also revealed that she was positive of A H1N1, Duque said.

In line with this, Dr Gordo confirmed that the Health Department will give focus more on patients with a high vulnerability to fatal flu complications or the high risk group. These are patients with uncontrolled diabetes, frank cardiovascular diseases, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases, organ transplant recipients, those who are immuno-compromised, those with chronic liver and kidney diseases, people suffering from HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis, pregnant women and the very young (5 years old and below) and the elderly (above 60 years).

Gordo also re-emphasized that the A H1N1 cases recorded in the country are only mild cases and self-limiting. Some of the A H1N1 patients even recovered without medications, he added.

DOH is also now focusing on mitigation strategies, such as containment and avoiding the virus to spread. "For patients who are on home confinement we make sure that they remain in their house and for hospital patients, we ensure limited contacts," Dr Gordo said.

As of June 24, DOH recorded 131 more confirmed mild cases of A H1N1, which brings the total number of cases nationwide at 604. DOH also reported that 77% or 464 patients have already fully recovered.

Here in Cordillera, the confirmed cases remains at six, with 14 cases under observation (CUOs) with pending laboratory results. To date, the Cordillera has no reported community transmission. (PIA) [top]

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