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Don’t ignore minor wounds

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PT editorial cartoon, January 2, 2015

For the New Year’s Eve Revelers who learned the hard way, this is for you:

Do not take for granted small wounds or scratch you incurred from an accidental firecracker and fireworks explosion. Innocent looking wounds can cause tetanus infection.

Clostridium tetani, is an acute bacterial disease causing rigidity and spasms of the voluntary muscles can easily enter the body even through a small scratch on the skin.

The bacteria is usually present in soil that has not been exposed to sunlight and in manures of horse, cow and carabao.

Presence of said bacteria is found in patients with firecracker or fireworks-related wound or injuries.

Previous studies revealed that horse manure is being used as expander by fireworks and firecracker manufacturer.

The incubation period of tetanus could be as short as one day to usually five to 21 days. But there is the so-called delayed setting of infection. These are wound that were not treated and have already healed.

Tetanus infection is often fatal. About 95 to 99 percent of the patients died from its complications. But recovery rate is also high if the infection is treated immediately.

Patients are given anti-tetanus immunoglobulin and tetanus toxoid vaccines as treatment.

Take note of the following signs and symptoms if you do have these innocent looking wounds.

Stiffness of the jaw muscles
Severe muscle spasms
Difficulty in breathing and swallowing.

If you worry that you might have the infection, seek medical help immediately. Do not self-medicate.

Source of information: phone interview with Dr. Franklin Diza, of the DOH. 
Inage credit: courierpostonline.com

Health Calendar for 2013

JANUARY
Deworming of School Children (Grades 1-6) Round 1
National Cancer Consciousness Week 3rd Week
Goiter Awareness Week January 24-30
World Leprosy Day January 29

FEBRUARY
Heart Month
Oral Health Month
National Health Insurance Program Month
National Mental Retardation Week February 1-5
World Cancer Day February 4
Leprosy Prevention & Control Week 3rd week
National Rare Disease Week 4th week

MARCH
Colon and Rectal Cancer Awareness Month
Rabies Awareness Month
Burn Injury Prevention Month
International Women’s Month
International Women’s Day March 8
World TB Day March 24

APRIL
Cancer in Children Awareness Month
World Health Day April 7
Philippine Earth’s Day April 22
Head and Neck Consciousness Week 4th week
World Malaria Day April 25

MAY
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Road Safety Month
World Asthma Day May 7
Safe Motherhood Week May 10-14
World Hypertension Day May 17
AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day May 19
World No Tobacco Day May 31

JUNE
Dengue Awareness Month
National Kidney Month
No Smoking Month
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Safe Kids Week June 14-18
National Poison Prevention Week 4th week
World Blood Donor Day June 14
DOH Anniversary June 23
National Patient Safety Day June 25
International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking June 26

JULY
Deworming of School Children ( Grades 1-6) Round 2
National Blood Donors’ Month
Nutrition Month
National Disaster Consciousness Month
Schistosomiasis Awareness Month
National Allergy Day July 8
World Population Day July 11
National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week 3rd Week
National Diabetes Awareness Week 4th Week

AUGUST
Family Planning Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
National Lung Month
National Tuberculosis Awareness Month
Sight -Saving Month
National Breastfeeding Awareness Month
Mother-Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Week August 2-6
National Hospital Week August 6-12
Philippine National Research System Week August 11-17
Asthma Week August 16-20
National Tuberculosis Day August 19
Brain Attack Awareness Week 3rd week

SEPTEMBER
Generics Awareness Month
Liver Cancer Awareness Month
National Epilepsy Awareness Week September 1-7
Obesity Prevention and Awareness Week September 7-11
National Suicide Prevention Week September 9-13
World Suicide Prevention Day September 10
World Heart Day September 26
World Rabies Day September 28

OCTOBER
National Children’s Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Elderly Filipino Week October 1-7
National Newborn Screening Week October 1-7
National Mental Health Week October 7-11
World Mental Health Day October 10
World Sight Day October 10
Bone and Joint Awareness Week October 11-15
Garantisadong Pambata Week October 14-18
Global Handwashing Day October 15
Health Education Week October 18-22
National Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder
Awareness Week October 18-22
Food Safety Awareness Week October 25-29
World Psoriasis Day October 29

NOVEMBER
Cancer Pain Awareness Month
Filariasis Awareness Month
Traditional & Alternative Health Care Month
Malaria Awareness Month
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ( COPD)
Awareness Week November 1-5
National Food Fortification Day November 7
National Skin Disease Detection and Prevention
Week 2nd Week
Deaf Awareness Week November 8
World Diabetes Day November 14
Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week November 15-19
World Toilet Day November 19
Climate Change Consciousness Week November 19-25
National Consciousness Week Against
Counterfeit Medicine November 21-25
Population and Development Week November 22-26
18- Day Campaign to end Violence Against Women (VAW) Nov. 25-Dec. 12

DECEMBER
Firecrackers Injury Prevention Month
World AIDS Day December 1
Ear, Nose and Throat Consciousness Week December 3-9
National Health Emergency Preparedness Day December 6
National Youth Health Day December 10
Linggo ng Kabataan 2nd Week

NOTE: The health events listed here may not necessarily mean that they are spearheaded by the Department of Health.

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Much ado about losing weight

I saw my kids’ paediatrician last Saturday when I took my son to her clinic for a check up. I was amazed at how she trims down to her present figure. She said she lose 5 kilos in just three months. She was able to shed the excess pounds primarily through diet and regular jogging. Another reason why she slims down is that she is taking a pill to manage her cholesterol problem. She recommends that I begin with a few minutes of easy stretching and subsequent jogging every morning. She also advises me to control my food cravings if I’m really serious at losing weight. I might consider her advice as they appear very easy to accomplish. But if all else fails, I might consider cosmetic surgery like Liposuction, a sure fire way to lose weight fast. That is wishful thinking, of course. I can’t afford the costly aesthetic procedure. For now, the only affordable remedy for my weight problem is diet and exercise. It is definitely a long way trek to achieve the figure that I want, but at least they don’t hurt my already ailing pocket lol. Start to get the weight off now 1, 2, 3…