PREVENTIVE MEASURES: Health dept tells public to seek immediate treatment
P/s : I get the info about this H1N1 alert yesterday afternoon through whatsapp. I read it and at first I don’t believe it and prefer to wait for the news from the authority. But when I came to Queen Elizabeth blood bank for a blood donation , I heard the nurse and medical assistant chatting about it and one of them said that how can i sent my wife there for labour if the hospital is infected. While I was laying down at the chair waiting for the blood bag to be filled I reconfirmed the info that I get from the whatsapp and they said its true. Anyway, please read this article if you want to know whether we should panic or not by clicking this link Panic or not?
This is a copy of the news report from New Straits Times.
KOTA KINABALU: SABAH health authorities are taking the highest precautions to prevent the spread of influenza A (H1N1) following the recent detection of seven cases in a hospital here.
The patients, five of whom are children, at Likas Women and Children’s Hospital here are reportedly recovering well at press time.
State Health Department director Dr Christina Rundi said anti-viral drugs had been administered to the patients while 24 others were screened after they were believed to have been at risk of being exposed to the virus.
“The ward has been disinfected while an operation centre was opened on Tuesday to control the situation.
“Staff have been instructed to take leave if they are sick and increase hygiene practices, including proper hand-washing and wearing face masks.”
She said the hospital had also started limiting visitors.
Health education has been conducted for the public to inform them on how to identify symptoms which include flu, fever, sore throat, diarrhoea and body ache. They were also taught preventive measures, and to seek immediate treatment.
Influenze A is contagious via respiratory droplets, with senior citizens, children younger than 5, pregnant women, and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions being especially vulnerable.
Sabah reported 944 infections during a global pandemic in 2009, 145 in 2010, 26 in 2011, and six last year.
Besides the seven in hospital, another case was reported recently in Sandakan, bringing the total number of cases so far this year to eight.
At press time, the source of infection has yet to be identified.
Sources said the first case to be identified at the Likas hospital was a child who was warded with kidney problems.