Health & Safety
ISK has a nurse (Rehema Juma), and an EMT (Bonface)
There seems to be a viral flu going around Nairobi. In ISK a number of students and staff have taken ill complaining of stomach pains, headache, nausea and dizziness. A few have been found to be running a fever.
As this is a viral infection, management is symptomatic relief--i.e. hydration, rest, pain killers and fever relievers. However it is important to get any person with a fever that persists beyond 24 hours assessed by a health care professional.
With this in mind, let us all continue to observe basic hygiene measures of frequent hand washing—especially after every toilet visit—and covering our mouths when we cough or sneeze, to help curb the spread of this bug.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF FLU
- Sore throat
- Running nose
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle aches and pain
- Reddening and tearing of eyes
- Joint aches and pains
BASIC MEASURES TO PREVENT SPREAD OF THE VIRUS
- Wash your hands with soap and water after every toilet visit, before meals and after you cough and sneeze.
- Cough and sneeze into disposable tissues. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Should you choose to use a handkerchief make sure you wash it in hot water. If you do not have a tissue/handkerchief available, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Keep a distance, when possible, of 1-2 meters from persons ill with a respiratory infection.
- Stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.