Connect with us

Health

Congo Virus: Livestock dept for adopting preventive measures!

Published

on

RAWALPINDI: Director of District Livestock Department Dr. Shahid Sajjad Wednesday advised citizens to adopt preventive measures to avoid the spread of Congo virus before buying the sacrificial animals.
Visiting different animal markets in the district, he said there was no need to be afraid of Congo virus spread as only 15 to 17 deaths are reported since 1960.
He proposed buyers to wear gloves and use masks while going to the animal markets. Dr. Shahid said sacrificial animals are being transported in the city so it has been decided to create public awareness to protect the people from Congo fever and spread of the virus by taking preventive measures. He asked people to slaughter animals during daytime on the occasion of Eidul Adha.
Congo Crimean Hemorrhagic Fever is a lethal disease caused by Congo virus which is present in a tick, present in animals.

Relevant pieces published earlier: 

i) Livestock Department Rawalpindi directed to carry out anti-Congo virus spray at all sacrificial animals’ sale/purchase centers established at various spots to avoid diseases before Eid ul Azha. Talking to the Medis, Director Livestock Rawalpindi Division Shahid Sajjad Asghar said that said it was necessary to create public awareness regarding this to protect the people and that the spread of the virus could be checked by adopting some simple measures. The sale of unhealthy sacrificial animals has been restricted strictly. He said that the livestock department is giving permission to those traders who have healthy and strong sacrificial animals. He said that unhealthy and sick sacrificial animals not allowed in cattle markets to avoid diseases. The officer said that 24 check posts have been established at various points set by the district government for the sale of sacrificial animals besides mobile teams are also available in cattle markets and performing their duties regularly. He said that official would be available in cattle markets to guide the citizens regarding the illness of the sacrificial animals. He said veterinary assistant has been assigned who are examining the sacrificial animals physically while mobile vans along with the staff checking the sacrificial animals minutely. He said that we have complete hospitals having doctors, staff, and medicine who would provide free of cost services for the citizens in cattle markets. He said that citizens can get information about the age and fitness of their sacrificial animals at any time. (5th August 2018)

ii) Once again the danger of Crimean–Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) or Congo virus is looming over Pakistan. Some five CCHF-deaths have been reported from all across the state until now. Furthermore, it has been learned that the deadly virus cases are intensifying in the north zone of Punjab. Individuals can catch this disease through infected animals such as cows, goats, sheep etc. Health experts here have stressed that if it is not controlled, the virus can spread rapidly. However, we can save ourselves via early diagnosis and proper treatment. Although symptoms may vary from person to person some of the most widespread warning signs of this chaos include:

  • Flu, emotional bewilderment, violence, mood swings, temperature, flushed eyes and face, joint ache, nosebleeds, vomiting and black stools, upper belly pain because of a puffy liver, kidney failure, breathing troubles, low blood pressure, fast heart rate and poor blood circulation.
  • Regrettably, the cure for this disease is yet be discovered. Nevertheless, here are some of the remedies by which we can protect ourselves:

BEWARE:

  • Cover yourself completely, put on bright clothes to spot ticks and wear gloves and masks when near animals.
  • Remove ticks; use a defensive spray on your animals and your clothes.
  • Keep away from areas with too many ticks.
  • Keep yourselves away from the patients who have the illness.
  • Make sure that all the needles and syringes are cautiously disposed off. Wash your body and hands later.
  • Endeavor to keep your house free of all kinds of insects by using sprays.
  • Health practitioners, hunters, agriculturalists and those slaughtering, supplying and cooking meat are also at the high jeopardy of having this sickness.
  • Cook meat accurately. It is more widespread in larger animals as compared to birds. However, chicken and fish might be safer.
  • Try not to consume anything while buying animals and try to clean the areas perfectly.
  • The disease is present in all liquids released by the infected animals.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Health

Silent hotpot restaurant for deaf

Published

on

Silent hotpot restaurant for deaf

BEIJING: The Forgive Hotpot Restaurant in Beijing’s 798 art zone is always packed, but most servers never talk to customers.

Greeting customers with a big smile and a welcome gesture, waitress He Hong stands silently at the entrance of the restaurant where a billboard noting “most of the staff in this restaurant cannot hear or speak, so please be patient with them.” He, 24, shows a few cards that say “How can I help you?” and “How many people, please?” to customers. They are also offered cards saying something like “Order dishes” and “Pay the bill.” Instead of verbal language, the cards have become their only communication tools. He once studied food processing in a technical school in Zhengzhou, capital of central China’s  Henan Province.  “I couldn’t find a suitable job due to my disability until I came here,” she wrote down on a piece of paper. “My colleagues are all the same as me. We help and encourage each other. I regained my confidence.” Covering an area of 140 square meters, the Forgive Hotpot Restaurant opened in July. It has 12 employees, and among them, seven are hearing-impaired people like He. “I named it ‘Forgive’ because forgiveness is a good quality in humans.

The hearing impaired should forgive their physical imperfection. As for those abled, we should be more accepting to the imperfect people and things in the world,” said Lu Lu, the restaurant’s owner. The restaurant has become popular among local foodies thanks to its “silence.” It usually serves more than 100 customers per day on weekdays and over 200 on weekends. “I visit this hotpot restaurant because I’m moved by the staff’s optimism,” said customer Qu Bo. On a billboard on the wall of the restaurant, numerous paper slips with encouraging words written  by customers have been pasted up. Lu called it the “love billboard.” Anyone who would like to write something will get a discount on  their hotpot condiment purchase. “I hope the customers will express their appreciation to the servers and help them gain  confidence in life,” said Lu, 30. “We have not received any complaints since the restaurant opened.” Lu has been engaging in charity work since 2012 and has joined several social organizations. As time passed by, she gradually found that financial aid alone could not solve all problems faced by people with disabilities.

“Offering them a job to support themselves is a sustainable way of helping,” she said. She came up with an idea of opening a hotpot restaurant to recruit hearing-impaired employees. “I chose hotpot because servers and customers do not need too much complex communication in such restaurants,” she said. However, she still met many difficulties. Some hearing-impaired employees lacked confidence and courage to offer face-to-face services for customers. With the help of her psychological knowledge, she spent over two hours every day providing counseling for her employees. To give them a sense of accomplishment, she has even allowed the hearing-impaired employees to hold a 20 percent stake in the restaurant. In the future, Lu plans to open about 300 such kinds of restaurants in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province, recruiting more than 2,000 people with hearing impairments. “Now there are numerous job applications, and my e-mail inbox is nearly full,” Lu said.

Continue Reading

Health

People with type 2 diabetes may be testing blood sugar too much

Published

on

women diabetes

MICHIGAN: People with type 2 diabetes might be testing their blood sugar levels too much, a study says.
Researchers at the University of Michigan say that roughly 14 percent of people with diabetes, but who don’t require insulin, are spending hundreds of dollars per year and using thousands of test strips to check something that is not necessary. New research published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, based on insurance information for more than 370,000 people with Type 2 diabetes but who did not take insulin, suggests that these tests are unnecessary.
One of my patients who didn’t need to be testing daily told me that her previous doctor had told her to test her sugars two or three times a day, Kevin Platt, the internal medicine resident in the Department of Internal Medicine at University of Michigan and study lead investigator, said in a press release. These data show that over-testing is quite common – and with the appropriate guidance can be reduced significantly.
About 23 percent of people in the study refilled prescriptions for test strips at least three times a year, getting 90 strips at a time. Another 43 percent of participants filled prescriptions exclusively for metformin or other medicines that don’t have a risk of hypoglycemia. Once patients established the proper dosage of medication that didn’t cause a blood sugar spike, they no longer needed daily testing.
But those two groups kept testing their blood sugar, even though they didn’t need to. The researchers say many patients needlessly test daily to see how well exercise, dieting, and their medication regimens are actually working.

Continue Reading

Health

Over 400 dengue cases reported in 2018!

Published

on

RAWALPINDI: District Health Officer Dr. Zeeshan Ahmed today said around 421 dengue positive patients were reported in Allied hospitals of the city in 2018, while last year 334 patients results were positive, in 2016 the number was  1106 and in 2015 the number was 3303.
He said to date, the allied hospitals have registered 421 confirm patients while at present only 5 dengue patients were under treatment in hospitals. The DHO said that Municipal Corporation area and Potahar Town witnessed a sharp decrease this year in dengue patients as 63 cases were reported in MCR area and 82 in Potohar area while last year the number was 74 in MCR and 189 in Potohar Town.
While Rawalpindi Cantonment Board area has witnessed an increase this year as 197 cases were reported and the number was only 40 last year, he added. He said that in the RCB area the number of cases were increased as there were some hurdles to reach sensitive areas. “Dengue fever situation is under control and no death has occurred due to it,” he added.

 

Continue Reading

News Pakistan Trending