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DENGUE Doctor warns on painkillers KEEP HYDRATED: EpidemiologIST

FARISHA AHMED SUVA Keep yourself hydrated and refrain from taking painkillers, says the acting director of epidemiology, Dr Devina Nand. Epidemiology is the study (or the science of the study)
10 Mar 2014 10:29

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FARISHA AHMED
SUVA

Keep yourself hydrated and refrain from taking painkillers, says the acting director of epidemiology, Dr Devina Nand.
Epidemiology is the study (or the science of the study) of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations.
Dr Nand said people failed to keep in mind important details when they got sick.
“You need to keep yourself hydrated at all times whether you are sick or not,” she said.
“People forget to drink fluids and eat properly and this also affects you if you are a positive dengue patient.
“And if you are sick you need to see a doctor instead of trying to take any kinds of medications as you may have contracted dengue but was unaware of it.”
She said people needed to present themselves at the nearest health centre or hospital if they had any of the dengue symptoms which ranged from headaches, joint pains, pain behind the eyes, rashes and vomiting. She said people should refrain from any types of painkillers such as brufen (ibuprofen), indocin or asprin.
“Any sort of painkillers could be detrimental to your situation if you have symptoms of dengue. We request the public to see the doctor to get a confirmation on their sickness before taking matters into their own hands,” she said.
“These painkillers can also cause bleedings.”
Rewa Subdivisional Medical Officer, Dr Eliki Nanovu, said the critical state was when the fever went away.
“When the fever goes away it can be either for the better or the worse hence at this point in time people need to be more careful,” he said.
“When our body fails to produce white blood cells, which are the soldiers of the body, dengue can become advanced where one can have bleedings.
“In order to keep the blood cells fighting the disease, it is essential to eat and drink properly.”



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