How to prevent infection next time you visit a patient in the hospital. (Protect yourself and your loved one)

At some point in our lives we all visit the hospital whether as a patient or a relative. Whiles in the hospital to see a loved one on admission, people pick all sorts of infections without realising that they do. In this post you will learn how to better protect yourself and prevent infections whiles visiting a patient in the hospital.

1. Never visit a patient whiles sick: When sick, stay home. Especially when your condition is infectious like colds and flu, or when having diarrhoea. When you visit a patient while sick, you expose your loved one to more sicknesses. Also you expose yourself to other infections in the hospital because your immune system is down. Just stay home if you’re sick.

2. Always ask the doctors/nurses before you see the patient: For some medical conditions, visiting the patient might not be a good idea because of the infectious nature of the condition, or the critical nature state of the patient. So always take time to ask the nurses / doctors if it is okay to see your loved one.

3. Never sit on a patient’s bed  the hospital:  Always use the chair provided at the bedside. If there are no chairs, just stand for the few minutes you are there. Sitting on a patient’s bed in the hospital can expose you to a series of infections which you might be taking home with you.

4. Indulge in hand hygiene whiles in the hospital: Hand sanitizer /alcohol hand rub should be used to clean your hand before you enter the ward and when you’re about to leave. This practice will greatly reduce your espouse to infections. If you visit the hospital and you don’t find one, ask.

Rub the alcohol between your palms and your fingers and fingernails for about 30 seconds.

5. Do not leave your stuff  (belongings like handbags, bowls, water bottles, etc.) on the floor of the ward/hospital. This is bad for you, since you might be carrying infections from the floor to your body.

Stay healthy whiles visiting your loved one at the hospital.

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What to do after a dog bite: Follow these first aid steps to prevent Rabies.

After a dog bite, most people do not know the right things to do which can be dangerous if the dog has rabies. But by following these simple steps, you can save your life and that of your loved ones after a dog bite.

First aid after a dog bite

  • WASH WASH WASH: Wash the affected area under running water with soap. Wash thoroughly for about 5 to 10 minutes. luis-tosta-266667-unsplash.jpg
  • You can also wash with povidine iodine.
  • Go to the hospital for the anti rabies post exposure prophylaxis  (PEP).
  • If you are given tetanus, insist on the anti-rabies PEP. TETANUS DOES NOT TREAT/CURE RABIES! 

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It’s time to Name & Shame. Check your expiry dates!

The habit of checking product expiry dates is one that is lacking amongst most Ghanaians. But this practice is one that allows companies to produce and import products especially foods with wrong manufacturing dates. And for others, the foods that are expired or near their expiry dates are reduced and sold to the public.

This ill act by some companies exposes the Ghanaian populace to food poisoning and other conditions that affects the health and consequently the economic growth of the nation.

Let’s all make it a part of the buying process to check the manufacturing and expiry dates of products before purchase.

IMG-20180305-WA0003This product was purchased by a friend last week and the manufacturing date is tomorrow 15th March, 2018.

  • Let’s all make it a part of the buying process to check the manufacturing and expiry dates of products before purchase.
  • Tell your family who can’t read to ask someone to check for them before they buy.
  • Always double check the dates on products especially if it’s reduced to clear or promotions.

#BeVigilantonproductDates

#OperationNameandShame

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Simple ways to Keep school kids from dehydration in this hot season.

Children and the elderly are more at risk of dehydration than any other group. Reducing their risk is therefore important to keep them healthy.

1. Make available good drinking water in the schools or classes. School owners should put in place water dispensers in the corridors to encourage the students to drink more water.

2. Give your child a water bottle filled with water. Parents must put water in the back packs of their wards. Tell them to drink the water.

3. Give frequent water breaks in class. A minute or two break to drink water will go a long way to prevent possible dehydration. It will also encourage all the kids to drink since every one will be taking part.

4. Keep activities indoors : The hot season is good for trying some indoor activities or games. Staying long in the sun to play is not advisable as it causes them to sweat a lot. This leads to tiredness and subsequently loss of attention and interest.

5 . Do not over load students in the school bus: The school buses mostly have more students in it than it is supposed to carry. But in this hot weather, it is more risky overloading students due to reduced air entry to the bus, excessive heat leading to dehydration. Too much Sweating is also not good.

Let’s keep our children healthy in the heat.

#Notodehydration

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It is Hot! Tips to stay healthy in this heat.

“Chale it’s hot!” Have you said this yet? I have; so many times this past weeks. As much as I love the way clothes dry fast, I totally hate the way I feel in this weather.  But as much as it is an uncomfortable period, and has the potential to make a lot of people sick, there are a number of things you can do to maintain your health and make it more bearable.

1. Drink a ton of water! I am on my 4th sachet of water today and I know I’m going to need more before the day ends. Dehydration is common in this season. Don’t replace drinking water with soft drinks or alcohol. Take in lots of water.

2. Stay indoors during the day: It is advisable to spend more time indoors while the sun is up than outdoors.  Keep your activities outside to a minimum.  Too much exposure to the sun is not good for your health especially if you do not wear sunscreen.

3. Wear light clothing : Dress lightly during this season.  Do not wear too much layers of clothing. And when at home, wear a few clothes.

4. Wear hats and sunglasses : carlos-alberto-gomez-iniguez-107821.jpg

Time to wear hats when going out. Also get your huge sunglasses out of the case and put them on. If you don’t have it yet, just go get some in town, in the shops, or the eye-care service centers. It doesn’t have to be expensive to protect your eyes.

5. Take cool baths/ showers during the day: artem-beliaikin-475601.jpg

If you happen to be home during the day, take cool showers, swim  or soak yourself in cold water . It will do a world good.

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Have healthy breasts with these tips.

One of the most visible parts of a woman’s body is her breasts. Not only are the breasts visible, but they provide a sense of womanhood,  enhances her beauty, they serve as a source of pleasure during sexual intimacy and my personal favourite which is that the woman’s breast provides the most healthy form of nutrition for her baby. For these reasons, it is very important for us to take very good care of our breasts.

Ways to Keep your breast healthy! 

  1. Be breast aware:  You need to know your own breasts. Being breast aware means you know everything about your breasts. How it feels, how it looks, the size of both breasts and how it looks. This can only be done if you periodically check and examine your breasts. Breast awareness is very necessary to keeping your breast healthy since you are able to identify early any changes that may occur.  Also being breast awareness means you know about breast cancer and what to look out for with regards to the signs and symptoms.
  2. You need to maintain a healthy weight : Studies have shown that being overweight during adulthood especially after menopause  increases a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer. Therefore it is healthier to keep a normal weight as you grow older to reduce your chances of breast cancer.
  3. Exercise! Hit the road with some brisk walking, or skip a rope every now and then. You can also join a gym or try some yoga at home. All these can serve as good exercise that can keep your breast healthy.
  4. No / Less Alcohol intake : Too much Alcohol use can also increase your risk of breast cancer. It us advisable to reduce alcohol use more importantly after menopause.
  5. Know your Family health history: Some cancers have genetic predisposition. Breast cancer is one of such. Which means if a biological family member (eg. Mother, sister, aunt, etc.) has experienced breast cancer, there is an increased risk for you. By knowing this about your family’s medical history you can properly take care of yourself by adopting a healthier lifestyle to prevent it.
  6. Taking oral contraceptives: Some oral contraceptives can increase your risk of acquiring breast cancer.  If you intend to use any, make sure to read about it or ask questions when next you’re at the family planning office.
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A 19-year-old girl had a baby and experienced post partum anaemia (anaemia after having a baby) and was brought to the emergency department. She was HIV positive.

Upon talking with her she disclosed that, She had been infected with the HIV disease at birth since both parents were HIV positive. She has lived with the condition all her life and she has been taking her drugs.

Asking about the father of the baby, she revealed that he did not know her HIV status. I asked why she wouldn’t inform him, but chose to have unprotected sex with the man and subsequently have a baby with him. But she refused to say anything and kept quite.

 

Now here’s the kicker. ..

1. There are more young people living with HIV and other STD  than you may think.

2. Unprotected sex is costly so use a condom. It is way cheaper!

3. HIV doesn’t have a look anymore.  People living with HIV look healthy and strong just like others without the condition.  So stop looking out for unhealthy and emaciated individuals. You will make a mistake.

4. Stick to one partner and be committed to each other. That’s the only way to protect yourselves.

5. Always undergo a screening test of HIV before engaging in unprotected sex in a relationship.  Love has everything to do with it. Love protects so protect each other.

HIV is very real so live your life with healthy sexual practices.

#HIVisreal

 

Information you should know before leaving the hospital as a patient.

I have come across a number of patients in the form of friends, family, and strangers who visit the hospital when sick to seek care but leave afterwards only to have no idea what, why, and how they are sick. Most people leave the hospital/ doctor’s office knowing nothing about the condition they are in.  It is important to have the following information as a patient before leaving the hospital.

  • The medical condition: There has been countless times I’ve heard people tell me “I don’t know”; after they have been to the hospital and I ask “what did the doctor say your condition is?”. Then the other question follows, “you didn’t ask?” And they mostly reply, “the doctor didn’t tell me”.  As a patient it is your duty to be curious about what is making you unwell. You ask and be told what your condition is. And for the doctors, it is your responsibility to inform your patient about his/her illness. Always know your medical condition before leaving  the hospital.
  • The cause: People get sick due many reasons. Knowing what made you sick is one step ahead of preventing a reoccurrence. Medical conditions are triggered by different factors. You need to know what you are doing or are not doing that is causing you to get sick.
  • The tests /investigations:  Medical tests or investigations help doctors in understanding and  deciding the type of condition you are having and the kind of management or treatment that you should be given. These tests can be expensive and knowing what exactly is being done for you abdominal what you are paying for helps you to also better understand your condition.
  • The medications: As a patient you should know the medications you have been given. It’s just about the name, but also what the medication does and why you are being given that. You should not just take your prescription and purchase the medications without a proper understanding of what and why you need them. Also the side effects of the drug.
  • Your review date: It is not all conditions and all patients who are asked to come for review. But if you are to come for review,  you should know when (date and time).

Let’s change the habit of visiting the hospital and returning home clueless about the what, why and how of our conditions. Be informed about your health.

Be interested, be educated and be on top of tour care.

First aid after dog bite: Prevent rabies with this 3 steps

After a dog bite, most people do not  know what to do. But knowing and doing the right thing after a dog bite can really be life saving for you. After you experience a dog bite, follow these steps to greatly reduce your risk of getting infected with rabies.

1. Wash the affected area with soap under running water for 10 minutes. This is according to the a world health organisation.  When there is no tap, get a bowl of water and let someone pour on you while you wash with the soap.

2. Wash the area with 70% alcohol /ethanol, or you can use povidine iodine.  (Do not apply anything else on it. )

3. Immediately seek care in a health facility.

Follow these 3 steps and protect yourself.

How to protect yourself from common cold.

Protect yourself from Common cold

Ghana is generally cold this time of the year. This means the amount of people experiencing common cold has also increased. But you can follow these tips to reduce your risk of catching a cold.

1. Wash your hands regularly:  Practice regular handwashing with soap under running water. Washing your hands reduces your chance of getting the cold because the virus doesn’t stay on your hands.

2. Avoid sharing some personal objects: Don’t share things like cups and towels with others especially if they have cold.

3. Cover up: Try wearing clothes that do not expose you too much especially your chest area. Add a scarf, or wear a jacket in the morning so that you can easily remove them later when you feel warm.

4. Use a hand sanitizer : Carry with you a hand sanitizer for when you cannot wash your hands. Use it frequently.

5. Avoid shaking hands and hugging people with cold: Cold is contagious so staying a distance between yourself and someone with cold is a smart and healthy thing to do.

6. Stop touching your eyes and nose: Touching your eyes and nose with unwashed hands could introduce the rhino virus  (causes cold) into your system. Don’t do it.

7. Stay healthy : A compromised immune system increases your risk of getting cold. It is important to eat healthy, sleep well, exercise and stay healthy for a strong immune system.

 

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