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Here are some health and self-care recommendations before a tropical storm hits the Caribbean

Here are some health and self-care recommendations before a tropical storm hits the Caribbean

After the climate emergency, Barranquilla County is seeking to protect citizens with self-care and health protection measures. Barranquilla. Colbrenca

From the Barranquilla Provincial Health Secretariat, A Recommendations for self-care and self-care in the face of climatic conditions of precipitationin all coastal cities, ahead of IDEAM’s forecast about a tropical storm that will affect the Caribbean.

Given the current alert levels and under External Circular 026 issued on September 29, Barranquilla Administration A request from the city’s health care and services sector to implement or modify prevention and emergency plans.

Likewise, the Barranquilla Mayor’s Office made a precautionary appeal to all citizens and reiterated that these climatic conditions generate Spaces favorable for the presence of viruses and diseases that can cause respiratory problems.

Prior to these possible scenarios and the increase of mosquitoes in this area, the administration indicated the possibility of this happening Diseases that can occur if the necessary precautionary measures are not takenAcute respiratory infections, including COVID-19. water and food borne diseases; Vector-borne diseases (dengue fever) and leptospirosis.

Reports from the country’s climate authorities continue to announce heavy rainfall, a scenario for increased respiratory disease. To protect health, it is necessary to vaccinate, vaccinate vulnerable populations and protect themselves from the climate changes we are experiencing, for which they should follow our self-care recommendations, frequent hand washing, use of masks in case of flu symptoms, and application of COVID-19 booster doses and vaccines influenza, the whole family, as well as airing places and staying hydrated to control respiratory illnesses.” Legia Oviedo, Head of Public Health in Barranquilla.

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In addition, the official stressed that in order to prevent and respond to the possible positive cases of covid-19, which endanger the health of the population, The city has several doses at different vaccination pointsso that they can approach and benefit from it.

“We cannot lower our guard in the face of the dangers of the winter that we are showing. It is necessary to intensify procedures, practice self-care, as well as follow the instructions given a few weeks ago to IPS and EPS with affiliates in Barranquilla,” added Oviedo.

The health care and services sector in Barranquilla has been asked to implement and adjust prevention and emergency plans.  Vaccine boosters should be updated to prevent respiratory disease.  EFE / Ricardo Maldonado Rosso / Archive
The health care and services sector in Barranquilla has been asked to implement and adjust prevention and emergency plans. Vaccine boosters should be updated to prevent respiratory disease. EFE / Ricardo Maldonado Rosso / Archive

Thus, from the administration, preventive measures have been proposed so that citizens literally comply with them and thereby avoid acute infectious respiratory risks. In the first moment It is recommended to be up to date with all vaccinations.including covid-19 boosters, in Especially children under 6 years old and adults over 60 years old.

People with any type of flu symptoms should remain isolated, use a face mask and wash their hands often with soap and water. It must be protected from rain and extreme heat.

Similarly, the cleaning and disinfection of surfaces in the home, offices, universities, schools and parks, among others, has been highlighted to prevent the spread of dengue fever. For this, tanks where clean water is stored must be washed, covered or turned over.

to avoid Crowded places if you have any symptoms; Do not touch your face, especially your mouth or nose. If the person shows any kind of symptoms, the administration and the health authority insists not to self-medicate and go to the nearest medical institution.

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These are some of the serious respiratory symptoms to keep in mind and vigil if they occur: breathing faster than usual, drowsiness, fever over 38 degrees, suffocation, wheezing sound when breathing at rest, lack of appetite and purple lips or tongue.

Finally, the management reminded everyone Institutions that provide health services that must be in permanent coordination and communication with the Regulatory Center for Emergencies and Emergencies area, to notify and report any event happening.

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