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Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Health Office

Flu and prevention

We are seeing a number of cases of influenza in Addis Ababa and we would like to remind you to practice the following steps to avoid and stop the spread of the flu virus.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Put the tissue in the trash after you use it. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time after you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 15 or 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are ill, please avoid those who are well.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, you may check with your health provider for medical advice.
  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

Influenza Symptoms

Influenza or flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills (oral temperature of at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Celsius).
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

ICS Health Office Policies and Procedures

When a student becomes ill at school with symptoms of fever, diarrhea and or vomiting, the student will be sent home after contacting parents. The student should stay home and he or she can come back to ICS after 24 hours of being free from symptoms of fever, chills, feeling very warm, flushed appearance, sweating, vomiting or diarrhea. All medications prescribed by a doctor will need to be given to the Health Office for administration while the student is at school. Call the respective school office to inform that the student is ill at home.

Contact us if you have any questions at nurses@icsaddis.edu.et

The Health Office

From The Health Office

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

News from the Health Office

“Stomach flu”

Recently we have seen many cases of “stomach flu” on campus. This is not influenza; it is called gastroenteritis and is caused by a virus. The symptoms include feeling unwell along with stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, fever and possible vomiting. You will probably feel pretty sick for a day or two but will then get better. If you or your child develops any of these symptoms please keep him/her at HOME.

Remember you need to keep yourself or your child hydrated. Stay hydrated by taking fluids like water, juice, Gatorade, or the best thing to do is to take oral rehydration solution ORS, which contains electrolytes that you lose when throwing up or having diarrhea. Always consult your doctor because this can also be a sign of other types of infection, like from bacteria or protozoa.

Once you are able to eat try clear liquids like chicken broth and juices, then try eating bland foods like gelatin, toast, pretzels or crackers, bananas, rice or plain noodles. As your digestive system returns to normal you can gradually go back to eating what you usually do.

Stomach flu is contagious; it can spread to other people by close contact with the person who is sick or by eating food that is contaminated. It is very important to wash your hands especially before you eat and after going to the bathroom. Do not share water bottles, utensils or food.

You need to STAY HOME if you or your child develops any of the above mentioned symptoms. The student can come back to school after 24 hours of being free of symptoms: no fever (without fever reducer medication) and no nausea or diarrhea.

Dry lips, skin and headaches

We have been noticing more visits with dry lips, skin and experiencing headaches and it seems that it is a consequence of the dry, warm and cold weather we are experience now in Addis and low intake of water by some people. We are advising all students, parents and teachers to stay hydrated throughout the day at school, home and work. Apply sunscreen before sending your child to school, send a water bottle with him/her, a hat, applied moisturizing cream and lip protector/moisturizing cream like lip balm.

If you have any questions, please call us at 0911558621 or email us at nurses@icsaddis.edu.et

Health Office

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Health Office

Blood Drive

Date: 3 December 2016.

Time: 1:00 - 5:00pm

  • Come and donate blood "Share Life give Blood “donation goes to Ethiopian National blood Bank Service.
  • Health Fair: You have the opportunity to meet representatives from different medical facilities.
  • Christmas Bazaar: Shopping for Christmas presents to take home.

Health Office

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Making strides: Walk for Type 1 Diabetes!

The walk is one day, the fight is every day.

This walk is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to support economically under-privileged children in Ethiopia who suffer from Type One Diabetes. Every step you take is personal and together we are helping to save lives. 

Please join us on the ICS Track this Saturday 19 November from 9:00 - 11:00 AM

No need to register, just show up, start walking and raise awareness and donations for Type One Diabetes.

T-shirts are being sold by the cafeteria and next to the Health Office. All proceeds from the t-shirt sales and donations from the walk will go to the Ethiopian Diabetic Association, a non-profit organization which works towards making the life of diabetic children, more bearable and more meaningful. 

Blood Drive

Date: 3 December 2016.

Time: 1:00 - 5:00pm

  • Come and donate blood "Share Life give Blood “donation goes to Ethiopian National blood Bank Service.
  • Health Fair: You have the opportunity to meet representatives from different medical facilities.
  • Christmas Bazaar: Shopping for Christmas presents to take home.

Health Office

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Type 1 Diabetes walk and run event on 19 November 19 2016 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM.

Save the date! 

Come, join us and support this event. We would like to bring awareness in our community about Type 1 diabetes. We are offering different ways to support event You can get a beautiful butterfly pin which made by hearing disabilities for 50 birr, you can do the walk and run, you can get T-shirt for 200 birr and give your donations at the event. All your contribution will go to Ethiopian Diabetic association, to cover Insulin, glucometer, food for all children with Diabetes type 1. Our help makes them to go school and be part of the society.

Please join us for a great cause.

Health Office

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

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Making a difference in the LIVES OF CHILDREN affected by TYPE 1 DIABETES

Type 1 Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. The Pancreas makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. The person will be insulin dependent.

The Ethiopian Diabetic association is the provision of medicine to its very poor members based on donations secured. Medicines such as insulin, strips are given for free for those who are found in the lower income group of the society. The association always secures a certain amount of medicine to its members who cannot afford to buy medicines and who live in the regions.

Type 1 diabetic walk and run is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unity as a community to support Type 1 Diabetes in Economical unprivileged children in Ethiopia. All proceeds from the t-shirt sales will go to the Ethiopian Diabetic Association. Every step you take is personal and together we are helping children with type 1 diabetes who can’t afford to buy insulin.

Please join us!

Health & Safety

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Cold and Flu-like symptoms on Campus

The Health Office would like to inform you that we are continuing to see cold and flu-like symptoms in the community.  These illnesses are caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, windpipe and lungs. The viruses are highly contagious spread from one person to another by coughing, sneezing, or even talking. It can also be spread by touching a surface with the virus on it and then touching your nose or mouth.

How can you protect yourself and others?

  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after use and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve, not your hand.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school, especially when someone is ill.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, check with your health provider to get medical care

Symptoms

Cold

Flu

Fever

Sometimes, usually mild

Usual; higher (100-102 F, occasionally higher, especially in young children); lasts 3 to 4 days

Headache

Occasionally

Common

General Aches, Pains

Slight

Usual; often severe

Fatigue,Weakness

Sometimes

Usual; can last 2 to 3 weeks

Extreme Exhaustion

Never

Usual; at the beginning of the illness

Stuffy Nose

Common

Sometimes

Sneezing

Usual

Sometimes

Sore Throat

Common

Sometimes

Chest Discomfort, Cough

Mild to moderate; hacking cough

Common; can become severe

ICS Health Office Policies and Procedures

When a student becomes ill at school with symptoms of fever, diarrhea and or vomiting, the student will be sent home after contacting parents. The student should stay home and he or she can come back to ICS after 24 hours of being free from the cold or flu symptoms such as fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Celsius, measured by mouth) chills, feeling very warm, flushed appearance or sweating, vomiting or diarrhea. All medications prescribed by a doctor will need to be given to the Health Office for administration by a nurse while the student is at school. Call the respective school office to inform that the student is ill at home.

From The Health Office

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Recently we have seen many cases of the “common cold” at school. Here is some information that we’d like to share with you:

What is common cold?

A common cold also known simply as a cold, is a viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory tract that primarily affects the nose. The throat, sinuses, and voice box may also be affected. Signs and symptoms may begin less than two days following exposure. Usually school-aged children catch a common cold between three – eight times in a year.

There are more than 200 known viruses that cause a common cold. The virus attaches itself to a cell (the line on the nose and throat) and then multiplies, causing the familiar symptoms such as runny nose, sore throat, cough, congestion, slight body ache, sneezing, mild headache and a low-grade fever. Some cold viruses attach to the cells in your lower respiratory tract and cause coughs as well as runny noses and sore throat.

How the colds spread?

Colds may be spread through coughing or sneezing. Touching the skin of someone who has the infected droplets on their skin and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. Inhaling tiny droplets of fluid that contain the cold virus – these are launched into the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. If you shake, touch or hold the hand of an infected person (who may not have apparent symptoms) and then touch your eyes or nose, you are more likely to infect yourself with the virus. Also, you can catch a cold if you touch your eyes or nose after touching a hard, nonporous surface, such a telephone or doorknob, shortly after an infected person has touched it.

Symptoms

The aches and pains that we usually feel when catching a common cold are signs that the body is fighting the infection. Other signs and symptoms include:

  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Watery and red eyes
  • Muscle aches
  • Low-grade fever
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite.

These symptoms usually last from 2 - 7 days. A cough may last longer than this, but as the illness improves, the cough is usually dry and the fever has gone away.

What to do?

There is no cure for the common cold. You can try the following to reduce symptoms:

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Drink plenty fluids
  • Use cold compress to relieved headache
  • Saline drops to wash away secretions
  • Take a long, hot shower to relieve nasal congestion
  • Take fever and pain relief medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • Take cough medicine with expectorant

Prevention

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after eating, using the bathroom, coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid being around healthy people if you are sick, and vice-versa as this minimizes the chances of spreading the disease.
  • Avoid sharing food and drinks with others.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing; avoid or minimize handshake and wash hands after handshake.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as germs spread in this way.
  • Stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone.
  • Clean and disinfect hard surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs, including bathroom surfaces, kitchen counters and kids’ toys. Clean by wiping them with a household disinfectant according to the directions on the product label.

When to seek for help

  • If you have a high or persistent fever.
  • If you have asthma or allergies and are coughing up green phlegm.
  • If you have a severe headache.
  • If you can’t hold down your liquids.
  • If you just aren’t getting better after a period of time.

ICS policies with regards to illness/sickness

When a student becomes ill with symptoms of fever, vomiting or diarrhea, the student should stay at home and he or she can return to ICS after 24 hours of being free of symptoms of fever (without medication), vomiting or diarrhea. All medication prescribed by a doctor will need to be given to the Health Office while the student is at school. You’ll also need to inform the respective school offices (elementary, middle or high school) to inform that the student is ill and is staying at home.

Blood Drive, “A gift to save a life” and a Mini Health Fair

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

he Health Office is organizing a Health Fair and Blood Drive Saturday 16 April from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM in the lower commons. This event will take place during the PTA spring carnival.

The Ethiopian National Blood Bank Services will be present with their professional team to collect blood. We are honored to host this event with them because our city, Addis Ababa, is in great need of blood donors as there aren’t enough donors or blood to give to hospitals. So, please donate to contribute to a great cause and help save lives. Donors will be screened before the blood donation and after donating drinks will be provided to them.

Also, we are glad to announce that a mini-health fair will be featured next to the Blood drive and all attendees can learn about health-related information and services. We will have various representatives from different clinics and hospitals in town as well as pharmacies showing over the counter and prescription medication items.

During the health fair the nurses from the Health Office will be able to do some screening if needed such as, blood pressure, body mass index and sugar levels, as well as give nursing advice upon request. If you have any questions or need more information, please come and see us at the Health Office. We hope you can join us in the effort to help the community and give a gift to save a life. 

Thank you,

The Health Office Crew