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Information Dissemination on Leptospirosis, Ignited

Posted on September 2, 2016 in Health and Sanitation, Projects by Batasan Hills Admin

The Quezon City Health Department (QCHD), through Dr. Elmira S. Dizon, MD, Medical Officer III and Batasan Hills Super Health Center (BHSHC) overseer, cascaded that Batasan Hills is top on the list of barangays with most number of Leptospirosis cases – total of 4, with 1 death.

The Health and Sanitation Committee ChairpersonsThe bad news was delivered to Captain John “Jojo” M. Abad and Kagawad Filomena “Luming” V. de Guzman, chairpersons of the Committee on Health and Sanitation, via Barangay Secretary Edwin P. Misolas, on September 2, 2016 (Friday).

The committee heads immediately agreed to a massive and intensive information campaign on Leptospirosis where the public address (PA) system will be utilized, lecture sessions in affected areas will be facilitated and tips on how to prevent the illness will be given whenever Capt. Abad and his council get opportunities to speak in public.

Leptospirosis is an infectious bacterial disease that occurs in rodents, dogs and other mammals and can be transmitted to humans.

Here are 10 pieces of advice on how Leptospirosis can be avoided:

  1. Avoid stepping in puddles of water. They not only contain rain water but also runoff from sewage, open fields and roads, adding to the possibility that they might contain the bacteria.
  2. If walking in puddles is unavoidable, make sure to wash your shoes and feet well with clean water once you reach your destination. Pour water and clean the area between the toes especially well.
  3. Avoid standing in a puddle for long periods of time. This will help reduce the chances of contracting the disease.
  4. Wear shoes that allow the drainage of puddle water and that can be washed. This will allow any excess water to drain out as you walk and allow for thorough cleaning and drying after you wash them. Washing the shoes is imperative because if you step into puddle water filled shoes with well washed feet, the whole process is useless.
  5. Once you have the opportunity, wash your feet and hands well with water and soap, making sure you scrub well between the toes and fingers.
  6. Avoid touching your face, mouth and nose with your hands. Use tissues or handkerchiefs if you have to wipe your face. This will help reduce the transmission of the bacterium from your hands to your nose and mouth.
  7. Use a hand sanitizer whenever required, especially after visiting a common toilet.
  8. If you have a cut or abrasion, make sure the dressing is changed regularly and the wound is dried regularly. If your bandage gets wet, be sure to re-dress the wound after washing the area well and using an appropriate antibacterial solution.
  9. If you have just had a pedicure, make sure you avoid rain water as much as possible for about a day after the treatment. This is because during a pedicure there are chances of minute abrasions that could allow the entry of the bacteria. If you have to step out, make sure you wash your feet well with an antibacterial soap and warm water as soon as you can. Applying an antiseptic solution to the feet after washing them is also advisable.
  10. Try keeping your nails short and clean this monsoon. Long nails are known to trap a lot of dirt and contaminants. Cutting them and cleaning them well is the best way to stay away from communicable diseases.

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Written by Aphrodite

Photo taken by Boyet Pascual