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Ministry of Health Acting Health Director-General, Dr Patrick Amoth

The Ministry of Health has linked the recent rise in respiratory illnesses nationwide to an uptick in influenza infections.

On Thursday, March 27, Acting Health Director-General Dr Patrick Amoth urged the public to adhere to health protocols, including regular hand washing and wearing face masks in public places.

“We have been monitoring influenza cases over the last two decades,” said Dr Amoth, adding, “We have observed the occurrence of cases throughout the year with an upsurge of cases in two peaks; February to March and July to November.”

Amoth advised members of the public to avoid close contact with people showing respiratory symptoms, limit contact with others if sick, and cover the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.

At the same time, he encouraged regular handwashing, avoiding touching the face, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that may be contaminated with flu viruses, and getting vaccinated against influenza if possible

It is concerning to hear about the recent rise in respiratory illnesses linked to an increase in influenza infections. Acting Health Director-General Dr Patrick Amoth’s advice to the public is crucial in preventing the spread of influenza and other respiratory illnesses.

Regular handwashing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the transmission of viruses, including influenza. It is important to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating or touching the face. If soap and water are not readily available, using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can be an alternative.

Wearing face masks in public places is another important preventive measure, as respiratory droplets containing the influenza virus can be transmitted through close contact with infected individuals. Wearing a mask can help reduce the risk of inhaling or spreading these droplets.

Dr Amoth’s advice to avoid close contact with people showing respiratory symptoms and to limit contact with others when sick is crucial in preventing the spread of influenza. Covering the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, preferably with a tissue or the elbow, can help prevent the release of respiratory droplets into the air.

Additionally, it is important to practice good respiratory hygiene by regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that may be contaminated with flu viruses. This can help reduce the risk of indirect transmission through touching contaminated surfaces and then touching the face.

Getting vaccinated against influenza is highly recommended if possible. Influenza vaccines help to reduce the severity of the illness and prevent complications associated with the flu. It is advisable to consult healthcare professionals or local health authorities for information on influenza vaccination availability and recommendations.

Adhering to these health protocols and taking preventive measures can significantly reduce the spread of influenza and other respiratory illnesses, protecting both individuals and the community as a whole.

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