CPS advises community to review preventive measures to protect against Influenza A (H1N1)

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour is appealing to the community to review actions related to cough etiquettes and good hygiene at all times.

This appeal is being made after a number of cases were reported in the Dominican Republic.

With the start of the flu season in the southern hemisphere, several countries are experiencing an increase in patient visits for Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI), as well as hospitalizations associated with influenza.

CPS is reminding residents that high standards of personal hygiene entail covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough, and throw the tissue in the trash after using it.

Washing your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after contact with respiratory secretions (e.g., after sneezing and coughing).

Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and try to avoid contact with sick people as germs are spread this way.

Persons who are traveling are advised to take precautionary measures such as maintaining high standards of personal hygiene at all times.

Another preventive measure is eating healthy foods, getting a lot of exercise and maintaining an eight hour sleep schedule.

For additional information call or physician or section general health care at 5422078 or send an email at su**********@si************.org