Gastroenteritis warning; one person suspected of death under investigation – MOHW
The Ministry of Health and Wellness is urging citizens to take measures to prevent gastroenteritis (GE) and seek care early to avoid serious complications.
“This follows one suspected case of death from GE, which is now being investigated. GE causes irritation and inflammation of the stomach and intestines, resulting in diarrhea (running stomach) and/or vomiting,” the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) said. , he said.
Both adults and children can become infected with GE through bacteria, viruses or parasites in contaminated or spoiled food, unclean water or dirty hands. GE can cause death, especially in young children due to dehydration (loss of too much fluid).
Symptoms of GE include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and upset stomach. The affected person may also experience headaches, fever, and abdominal cramps or pain in the stomach.
Meanwhile, figures from the Ministry’s National Surveillance Unit show that while the weekly figures for 2022 were higher than the previous year, figures for intestinal infection are not unusual.
The monitoring unit reports that it recorded an average visit of 107 children under the age of 5 to institutions across the island in 2022 and 31 such visits in 2021.
The ministry is urging caution as the number of GE cases is expected to increase in the colder months of the year. Parents and guardians are especially advised to pay attention to their children.
“Medications should not be used to stop diarrhea or vomiting. Instead, oral rehydration fluid (ORF) should be used to replace water and special substances lost as a result of diarrhea and/or vomiting,” the Ministry of Health said.
Children should take ORF until their condition improves even though treatment will not stop or
shorten the course of diarrhea.
“If the child is breastfed, continue to breastfeed often. Other liquids can be given, such as coconut water, diluted fruit juices, as well as plain water. “Don’t give sugary drinks,” said Dr. Webster-Kerr, Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO).
“If symptoms do not improve, see your doctor,” Acting
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