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Panaji, September 12, 2018

Bhadra 21, 1940


Directorate of Health Services has advised general public to take following precautions of Do's and Dont's to prevent or spreading Influenza in the community.


Do's includes cover your mouth and nose with handkerchief or tissue while coughing or sneezing, wash your hands frequently with soap and water before and after touching your nose, eyes or mouth, affected person should preferably avoid visiting crowded places. Stay more than an arm's length (2 meters) from persons affected with flu like symptoms, get plenty of sleep (at least 8 hours), minimize stress, stay physically active by regular exercise and drink plenty of water (at least 2-3 liters for adults) and eat nutritious food (include vegetables and fruits in your diet).


Similarly Dont's includes do not spit in public, do not take medicine without consulting your doctor.


Which clinical symptoms are as follows fever, cough, sore throat, bodyache, headache, vomiting and diarrhea. Further, high risk groups includes children younger than 5 years old, adult 65 years of age and older, respiratory conditions (including asthma), Heart diseases (except hypertension), Kidney and liver diseases, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, Pregnant women and Health care staff.


All the cases with above mentioned symptoms should immediately report to the nearest health centre or physician. Treatment for Influenza is available at all centres under Directorate of Health Services and Goa Medical College, Bambolim. Testing for Influenza A(H1N1) is done only for suspected admitted cases and facility for collecting samples is available at both Sub District Hospitals, District Hospitals and at Goa Medical College, Bambolim.