Indian Women Network (IWN) of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Coimbatore Child Trust Hospital jointly conducted an awareness programme at ALG Matriculation School, in which close to 700 persons including students and parents participated. Managing director of the hospital K. Neminathan spoke on the importance of cleaning hands. He called it the most cost efficient way to avoid the spread of various diseases and infections. “Proper adherence to hand washing as a practice has proved to be effective in bringing down chances of diarrhoea by 50 per cent,” he said. “Persons suffering from infections should wash their hands so that they don’t spread the infections. Those who don’t have infections should also frequently wash hands to stay away from contracting it,” Dr. Neminathan said.
Dr Neminathan of Child Trust Hospital has said that parents should get their children vaccinated to protect them from influenza which is prevalent during monsoon time.
As per the centres for disease control and prevention(CDC) 90% Paediatric death occurred in unvaccinated childrenin the past years he said.
The doctors say that influenza occurs globally with anaffect rate estimated at 5 – 10 % in adults and 20 – 30 % in children every year. One in three children with influenza will be in complication. The
complication of the fever leads pneumonia, the next stage and a child is required to behospitalized eventually leading to the death of the child.
All of us do not have the antibody in our body and therefore achild or adult needs to get vaccinated every year.
During monsoon influenza affects more children more than adults he added.