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Ministry of Health urges persons - particularly those in the high risk group from complications from Influenza A(H1N1) - to take steps to protect their health and wellbeing PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 December 2009 16:04
Director of Emergency Disaster Management and Special Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse says persons should continue to take the necessary precautions to secure their health and wellbeing as the country continues to experience cases of Influenza A(H1N1). “Persons particularly in the high risk group need to ensure that they seek medical attention immediately as they begin to feel symptoms. We have to continue to stress this because if this is followed we can initiate treatment early, which will likely result in a more favourable outcome for the patient,” Dr. Bullock DuCasse explained. The country has recorded its seventh death as a result of Influenza A(H1N1) infection. The patient who was confirmed with the virus was within the high risk group and developed complications. This group includes pregnant women, persons with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, asthma, heart disease or any condition that impairs the immune system and children under five years old.
 
Chief Medical Officer appeals for increased focus on pregnant women in light of expected second wave of Influenza A(H1N1) PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 October 2009 12:34

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sheila Campbell Forrester is highlighting the need for an increased focus on the health of pregnant women especially in light of the expectation of a second wave of the Influenza A(H1N1) virus. Pregnant women are among the persons who fall within the high risk for complications from Influenza A(H1N1) that can lead to death.

Dr. Campbell Forrester, who was speaking at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital Symposium on Sunday, October 11, 2009, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel under the theme: “Saving Mothers…Protecting the Future”, said clinicians and specialists need to be more vigilant at this time and keep Influenza A(H1N1) in mind when a pregnant woman visits health facilities.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 12:57
 
Ministry of Health urges persons in the high risk group for complications from Influenza A(H1N1) to seek medical attention immediately at onset of flu-like symptoms PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 10 October 2009 10:28

The Ministry of Health is reporting that another patient who was confirmed with the Influenza A(H1N1) virus has died bringing the total number of deaths to five (5). The patient who was within the high risk group died as a result of developing respiratory complications.

 
Ministry of Health urges continued vigilance as second wave of Influenza A(H1N1) is expected PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 October 2009 11:17

The Ministry of Health is urging continued vigilance by members of the public and is encouraging individuals to observe proper hygiene practices to protect themselves from Influenza A(H1N1) infection. The World Health Organization warns that there may be a second wave of the disease and therefore an increase in the number of cases is expected. Individuals should continue to wash hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer and cover the mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing.

 
Ministry of Health reminds school officials to pay attention to guidelines PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 September 2009 17:20

The Ministry of Health is reminding school officials to ensure that they are familiar with the prescribed guidelines that have been drafted to advise them about the management and monitoring of Influenza like illnesses in their institutions. The guidelines are available through the Ministry of Education and can also be accessed on the Health Ministry’s website at www.moh.gov.jm/general/publication.

The Ministry of Health is encouraging parents not to send children to school if they have flu-like symptoms. These symptoms include fever, headache, sore throat, cough and runny or stuffy nose. However, if the symptoms persist or get worse, then the child should be taken to the nearest health facility. Parents should note that if their child falls within the high risk group for complications from Influenza A(H1N1), then they should contact their healthcare provider immediately. The high risk group includes children under five years old, persons with chronic illnesses including obesity, asthma, diabetes and hypertension and pregnant women.

The Ministry of Health continues to urge persons to observe the recommended precautions to help to reduce the spread of Influenza A(H1N1). These include washing hands frequently with soap and water or using an alcohol based hand sanitizer and covering mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing. The Ministry is reporting that an additional nine (9) confirmed cases were detected late last week, bringing the total to ninety eight (98) confirmed cases in the island.

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Contact: MOH, Public Relations Unit Tel: 967-1561

Last Updated on Friday, 18 September 2009 17:23
 
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