Is Rabies A Real Threat or All Hype? 0

We heard so many different things about rabies that it is hard to separate myth from facts. When puppies receive their vaccinations, one of the shots in the series is a rabies vaccination.

People that live in rural areas often worry about their pets being bitten by a wild animal because that animal may have be infected.

The first thing most people worry about when they are bitten by an animal is if that animal has rabies. If possible, the animals will be captured and tested.

Let’s start out with, what is rabies?

It is a viral disease that can be carried by any mammal. It is normally transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal, that is, an animal carrying the virus.

The virus is typically spread through the saliva of an animal that bites and breaks the skin. The virus attacks the central nervous system of its host causing several different problems.

In animals, the virus can cause them to become combative and highly aggressive. In animals and humans both, extreme muscle soreness and pain sets in, especially in the muscles associated with swallowing. This can cause extreme thirst in both humans and animals. Symptoms of animals will usually develop within 20 to 60 days after contracting the disease. Death generally occurs a few days after symptoms appear, usually from respiratory failure.

Humans can carry the virus for around 25 to 50 days before symptoms show. People will typically suffer from headaches, extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, and fevers. Once symptoms begin showing, it only takes a week or so before serious nervous system damage sets in. Once in that stage, it is likely a person with rabies will die. They generally die either from respiratory failure or cardiac arrest. If properly treated, rabies is rarely fatal. Treatment needs to begin before the symptoms set in.

Although there is no reason to spread fear and panic by thinking all wild animals carry rabies, due caution needs to be used. Personally, I do not feed the squirrels because I do not want to make them dependent on people food and I do not want to get bit. I am not very worried about contracting rabies from them.

However, because of the deadly nature of rabies, you should seek immediate medical attention if bitten. Wash the wound with water and soap and head straight for your doctor or local emergency room.

For wild animals, if possible have animal control capture the animal so that they can be tested for rabies. For domestic animals, still, have animal control get involved and confirm the animal’s health. Typically, domestic animals account for about ten per cent of rabies cases. Those animals are usually dogs, cats, and cows.

Rabies is a very serious disease and you should vaccinate your pets against it and protect yourself by using caution when around wild or unfamiliar animals. However, there is no need for all-out panic and concern. Enjoy life and enjoy our furry friends too.

 

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Girls Iron Folic Acid Tablets Supplementation (GIFT) programme kick starts Eastern Region 0

The Girls Iron Folic Acid Tablets Supplementation (GIFT) targeted at reducing high anaemia prevalence in the young has been launched in Koforidua.

Under the implementation about 54,000 girls between the ages of 10-19 in schools and out of school in the Eastern Region, would receive a folic acid tablet supplementation routinely to be administered under supervision to reduce anaemia.

At an orientation meeting with stakeholders prior to the launching, Dr Mrs Alberta Britwum-Nyarko, the Eastern Regional Director of Health Services, said statistics show that two out of every five women in the country have anaemia or low blood levels resulting in fatigues, headaches and even death in pregnant women.

She said in young adolescents the immediate effect of “this anaemia or low blood level condition results in poor memory and not doing well in school, whiles the long-term effect results in complications in pregnancies such as premature or stillbirths and even death during delivery”.

Dr Britwum-Nyarko said in order to reduce the high prevalence of anaemia among women and girls, the Ghana Health Service in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES) has initiated the GIFT programme to help prevent the dire consequences of anaemia in the society.

Mr Bismarck Sarkodie, the regional Nutrition Officer of the GHS, said research shows that it is important for every woman to prepare her nutritious status very well before pregnancy and this can be done by eating food that contains all the minerals, especially iron.

He said the GIFT programme is, therefore, an intervention to prepare adolescent girls adequately as far as their nutritional status was concerned.

Again, he said some girls lose a lot of blood during menstruation and this also means the loss of a lot of iron which needs to be replaced and appealed to all stakeholders to use every opportunity to educate the public especially mothers to embrace the programme.

Later, Ms Golda Asante, Director of the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) on behalf of the Eastern Regional Minister, launched the programme at the Presbyterian Cluster of Schools where folic acid tablets were administered to the school children.

 

 

Source: GNA

Special Education Is What Children with Congenital Heart Defects Needs- NGO 0

A project meant to provide exceptional services for kids with inborn Heart Defects (CHDs) before and after surgery has been launched with an appeal on educational establishments to pay special attention to the wants of such children.

Dubbed “Restore a Child’s Heart Project”, the project additionally seeks to advocate for quality and affordable health care for school going kids with such disabilities.
It is being funded by the Centre of Hope global Missions, United Kingdom in collaboration with Dominion Leaders Foundation (DLF), Ghana as the implementers.
The aim is to forestall CHDs, manage its effects and save the lives of Ghanaian and Jamaican kids with such disabilities globally.
Dr Martha Anang, Chief executive officer (CEO) of DLF and executive director of the project, said it’s incumbent on the education sector to plot ideas to make the classroom lively for such kids because research has proven that children with all types of CHD have poorer academic outcomes compared to their peers.

Even those who have early surgery for CHD are known to have impaired development which eventually turns out to have negative effects on their performances and achievements, Dr Anang said.

She said every child has a unique potential but this could not be fully developed if the child did not have good health.

Dr Anan said it was for this reason that the project is being introduced to help eliminate all forms of illnesses that affect school children and hinder their academic performances.

Reverend Dr Nordine Campbell, Chief executive officer (CEO) and founder of the Centre of Hope for global Missions, said that research conducted in 2016, reported that CHDs represent the second major reason behind cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality among young Africans.
However, she said its management was limited in Africa because of the inadequate socio-economic environments coupled with insufficient technical platforms and human resource to handle the incapacity.

Dr Campbell said the project would specifically identify school children with all types of CHDs and provide them with exceptional services needed to help improve their health conditions for better academic performance.

She said a Heart Restore Centre will eventually be built in the Central Region of Ghana to rehabilitate children with CHDs.

Dr Campbell expressed worry about the absence of reliable data on CHDs which made it difficult to estimate the global burden of these conditions on the African continent.

An estimated one million children and about 1.4 million adults are living with CHDs in the United States (US) alone while the British Heart Foundation, Health Promotion Research Group in 2013, reported that one in every 180 babies in the UK are born with a CHD.

“If developed countries like the US and UK have such high prevalence levels of CHDs then one can imagine the situation in Africa”, she lamented and called on other philanthropic   organisations and individuals to help save humanity, particularly, the poor little children in Africa where access to medical assistance in this direction might be non-existent.

Dr Ernest Asiedu, Head of Quality Management Unit at the Ministry of Health, who chaired the program, pledged the Ministry’s support for the project.

An Electrocardiogram (ECG) was done for about 140 children by doctors from the Doctors In Service (DIS) Clinic in Cape Coast to check their heart condition.

Dr Anang was inducted as a Health and Education Ambassador for the project worldwide by the Centre of Hope for Global missions while Dr Campbell was also made an ambassador by International Independence Interdenominational Christian Churches and Ministries (IFIICCM), a US-based organisation.

 

Source: GNA

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