Every year we have germs that circulate in the communities causing fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, tiredness, and sometimes even diarrhea and vomiting.
Sometimes during the year, more of these germs circulate at the same time. That leads to a lot of sickness in the communities. Like now in our country we have many respiratory germs causing illness.
Here in Nakuru we have seen many people with respiratory illness, and many of our young children have got very sick, and some children, unfortunately have died.
We want to talk to you (community members) about those cases of respiratory illness and ask for everybody to help fighting against these illnesses.
How do you prevent this illnesses?
Most people who get chest germs have mild illness and do not need medical care, and will recover in less than two weeks. Those people who have cough and runny nose but are not very sick should avoid contact with other people except to get medical care in case they get worse.
If you or your children are sick;
Visit the nearest Health facility
Make sure you drink fluids and eat and
Take enough rest.
Make sure to give fluids to drink and food to your sick little ones, in small quantities, many times a days
If you are sick or worried about your illness, contact the healthcare worker in your community or go to the nearest healthcare facility.
What are the signs that should make you worried and take you or your child to the hospital near you?
Fast breathing or difficult breathing
Not drinking enough fluids or not eating
Not waking up or not cheerful, playful, interacting, etc.
Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held.
Symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough.
Hotness of the body.
In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away for any infant who has any of these signs:
Being unable to eat
Has trouble breathing
Has no tears when crying
Child is passing less urine as compared to other days.
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen.
Severe or persistent vomiting.
Symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough.
What should I do to prevent spreading this disease?
Take everyday actions to stop the spread of these germs like;
Ensure proper ventilation in all dwelling places and in private/ public vehicles/transport.
Observe personal hygiene and clean environment.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from spreading the germs to others.
Cover your nose and mouth with a clean cloth/ handkerchief when coughing or sneezing.
Wash your hands often with soap and water.
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
Drink and eat in small quantities many times.
Take/give a lot of fluids.
Keep the young children away from smoke.