CARPHA issues warning ahead of influenza season

first_imgHealthLifestyleNewsRegional CARPHA issues warning ahead of influenza season by: Caribbean Media Corporation – January 31, 2015 Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Marion Bullock DuCassePORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is warning Caribbean people to practice good personal hygiene in order to reduce the risk of transmission of influenza and other respiratory viruses.CARPHA said that the seasonal influenza affects many thousands of people in the region annually and as the 2015 season approaches, it is advising that persons practice good hygiene measures, including covering your mouth with a tissue or handkerchief, or using your elbow, when sneezing or coughing as well as safely disposing of used tissues.CARPHA executive director Dr. James Hospedales, said that the “primary form of influenza transmission is through interpersonal contact.“Given elevated flu activity in the United States, combined with the high travel season to the Caribbean, it is important that persons take the necessary steps now, to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu,” he added.His warning comes as health authorities in Jamaica say they are closely monitoring the outbreak of measles in the United States and Mexico and are urging parents to have their children immunized for the disease.Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse said Jamaica is monitoring the situation in North America where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States has reported 84 cases during the first 28 days of the year.“Despite this, we have seen how diseases can cross borders, and so we have to ensure that we keep a close watch on the situation in the US and any other country where measles cases occur,” Dr Bullock DuCasse said in a statement.“All Jamaicans are, therefore, urged to ensure that they and their children are protected,” she added.The most common symptoms of measles include fever, conjunctivitis or sore eyes, and a runny nose. Patients could also suffer from small white spots, which usually develop inside the mouth, a harsh dry cough, reduced appetite, tiredness, aches and pains.“Measles is caused by a virus and is highly contagious. It is spread through direct contact and through the air,” said the Ministry of Health, noting that complications include pneumonia and can lead to death.But Dr Bullock DuCasse said Jamaica has been free of endemic or local transmission of measles since 1991 and said this is because of the country’s expanded immunisation programme.CARPHA said that the most effective way to prevent the disease or severe outcomes from the illness is vaccination.“Safe and effective vaccines have been available and used for more than 60 years. Among healthy adults, influenza vaccine can prevent 70 to 90 per cent of influenza-specific illness. Among the elderly, the vaccine reduces severe illnesses and complications by up to 60 per cent and deaths by 80 per cent,” CARPHA said.It said that most deaths associated with influenza occur among people age 65 or older. 201 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Yoila Wins President Buhari Golf Tournament

first_imgThe 23-handicapper, afterward admitted that he got his inspiration on the first day of the tournament, when he played in a group of three ladies, comprising the IBB Club former lady captain, Dr Joyce Barber and the incumbent lady captain Nanfe Audu.“I did not play well on Sunday as I did on Saturday. But playing with the ladies on the first day really helped my game. I was inspired by the swing of the present lady captain,” Yoila declared.The grand finale of the tournament, which featured qualifiers in other parts of the country also produced winners in different categories.Ten-handicap player, H. Zakaria won the men division one best net prize following a combined net of 148 over 36 holes that took him past of S. Wakili by two strokes.Jonathan Ebhota defeated Gidado Aliyu on countback after they tied on 148 to win the Men Division two. Bekinbo Dagogo-Jack from Port Harcourt Club was a shot off the pace to finish as first runner up.The ladies gross division one net prizes were grabbed by Racheal Danjuma and Amina Wilfred both from IBB Club, while Juliana Igbinadolor of UBTH Golf Club beat Joy Ikwue by eight strokes to claim the ladies division two prize.Sunday Odegha from Minna Golf Club posted 74 to win the professional event, beating Dominic Andrew by one shot. Austin Akpodiete placed third with a 76.The CEO/ Editor-in-Chief of Daily Trust, Mannir Dan- Ali expressed delight with the turn-out of golfers that graced the tournament.“I am quite impressed. You cannot believe the quality of the people that came for the tournament and the representation of the President by the Governor of Plateau State Simon Bako Lalong and the Emir of Dutse, Alhaji Nuhu Mohammed Sanusi,” Dan- Ali said.The DG National Council of Arts and Culture (NCAC) Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, graced the closing ceremony with the council’s performing troupe, which entertained the guests.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaDakop Yoila has won the President Buhari Golf Tournament played at IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja at the weekend. The tournament was sponsored by Daily Trust Newspaper.Yoila, who is a pharmacist with the Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) shot 147 nett over 36 holes to emerge the overall winner.last_img read more

County Hurling Finalists to be revealed today

first_imgTipp FM will bring you live updates from both of today’s semi-finals at Semple Stadium.First up at two o’ clock is the meeting of Thurles Sarsfields and Templederry Kenyons.That’s then followed at 3:30 by the clash of the champions Loughmore-Castleiney and Mullinahone. In the rest of today’s games, Toomevara play Roscrea in a North U21 A Hurling tie, with throw-in at Moneygall set for 11:30.At 12:00 in Golden Rosegreen and Solohead contest the West Junior B Hurling Group 1 Final, while, at the same time in Group 2 of the West’s U21 B Hurling Knockavilla Kickhams meet Lattin Cullen Gaels in Bansha.Turning to the South and it’s Moyle Rovers versus Ballybacon Grange in Clonmel in Group 2 of the South U21 B Hurling.The other game from that competition also throws in at 12; that’s Grangemockler Davins against Anner Gaels in Monroe.And Cloughjordan is the venue at 3 for the North U21 A Hurling clash of Burgess and Kildangan.Elsewhere, there’s Tipperary interest in today’s Munster Club Hurling Quarter-Final at Walsh Park where Ballygunner take on Cratloe. The Premier County’s club champions will face the winner of that game in the semis.Throw-in there is at 2:30.last_img read more