Posts made in April, 2013

Polio and Measles Immunisation Campaign

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Health Topics | Comments Off on Polio and Measles Immunisation Campaign

Polio and Measles Immunisation Campaign

The first round of the free polio and measles campaign will kick off from 29 April to 17 May 2013.┬áDr. Unben Pillay & Associates (Midrand) will be giving measles injections and polio drops to as many children between the ages of zero and five years. Round 1 will run from 29 April to 17 May 2013. Round 2 will run from 17 May to 28 June 2013.   What is Polio? Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines. Therefore, the strategy to eradicate polio is based on preventing infection by immunizing every child to stop transmission and ultimately make the world polio free.   What is Measles? Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. The disease of measles and the virus that causes it share the same name. The disease is also called rubeola. Measles causes fever, runny nose, cough and a rash all over the body. About one out of 10 children with measles also gets an ear infection, and up to one out of 20 gets pneumonia. For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die. Other rash-causing diseases often confused with measles include roseola (roseola infantum) and rubella (German measles). Don’t delay, take advantage of this...

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Malaria Day

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Health Topics | Comments Off on Malaria Day

Malaria Day

Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria On April 25, people across the globe will take part in a wide range of activities to mark World Malaria Day 2013. These activities will no doubt look back at the remarkable progress that the global development community has made in combatting malaria and indeed other infectious diseases over the years. However, one of the key lessons other infectious disease control has shown is that when there is an opportunity to control the spread of disease, it must be taken.   About Malaria Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented. Source: http://www.cdc.gov/...

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