The DOH warns the public of the A(H1N1) but it tells everybody not to panic. There is no reason to do so. There is enough medicine for Swine Flu and this communicable disease is curable. I agree with the DOH Secretary. I also agree with him that Dengue is more dangerous than the A(H1N1) virus and there is no known medicine for this kind of disease transmitted by mosquitoes. There is however a medical procedure performed to treat those affected by Dengue.
As the number of A(H1N1) victims keep on growing, who is not afraid of this dreaded and highly communicable disease? There are already known fatalities of this disease, we are fortunate there is none yet in the country. But with a community-level outbreak of this communicable disease in Nueva Ecija (Barangay Hilera in Jaen) our local health officials and the people themselves should work together to prevent the outbreak of the disease in their area. There is a need to be vigilant. Of course we have to observe personal hygiene measures like washing hands with soap and water, etc.
Of course it is our duty as citizens to help prevent the spread of the disease by helping the authorities. “Those who are experiencing flu-like symptoms should stay at home and take enough rest”, this is so to prevent the spread of the disease just in case you have already contracted the A(H1N1) virus.
Dr. Eric Tayag of the National Epidemiology Center advised those who are somewhat experiencing the symptoms of the disease to rest. “You will need a lot of rest and [to drink lots of] fluids. You have to bring down the temperature. You have to take vitamins. You have to wait, be patient because it goes away completely. There’s full recovery from two to three days, but you don’t have to leave your house until you complete seven days.” And for those “who are in a serious condition and considered “high risk” should be taken to a hospital immediately.
The DOH considers as “high risk” those who are “very young and the elderly, people with diabetes, heart and lung diseases, tuberculosis, pregnant women, people with immune-related ailments or “immuno-compromised individuals” such as those with HIV-AIDS.” Wearing of masks is advisable in areas where there are already known cases of A(H1N1) contamination.
By the way the DOH has already shifted in its approach to manage H1N1 disease from “containment” to “mitigation strategy. In communities where the spread can still be prevented containment will still be done to stop the spread of the virus. But in areas where there is already a community outbreak of the virus, authorities said there is no reason to suspend classes anymore.
According to Sectary Duque, in areas where there is already a community outbreak households should be prepared to treat mild H1N1 cases at home by giving infected people with anti-virals, practicing self-quarantine. This measure to my mind needs still the services of physicians although hospital care is no longer necessary. This is so because of the limitations of hospital facilities in the country today.
Freedom from A(H1N1)
Last Friday we have just celebrated the 111 Independence Day of our country, the Philippines. But as of this time we already have surpassed 111 in so far as confirmed cases of A(H1N1) viral infection is concerned. We are not free yet from this disease and other diseases as well like the Dengue. We also have problems on the inadequacy of medical health facilities and services. Free medicines is not yet available. Our country has never been free from poverty, people’s exploitation, political divisions and subdivisions on the part of the people, we can not unite, many of us are lacking in self-discipline and moral values.
But we are a Nation that still believes in God. For as long as God is on our side we shall never be discouraged, we have hope, and we shall have Salvation.