Medical Superintendent, Dr. Tony Harry, has confirmed that several recent deaths at the Vila Central Hospital (VCH) are associated with the flu virus that is currently going around.
Although the exact number could not be officially confirmed at this stage, Dr. Harry said the people whose deaths were associated with flu had underlying illnesses.
“The hospital is busy around the clock, receiving mainly flu patients from all ages but the majority are babies,” the Medical Superintendent said.
He explained that flu is a virus which cannot be treated with antibiotics therefore people who are experiencing flu symptoms are advised to get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids.
Symptoms of the virus include: fever, 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.
The Medical Superintendent encouraged people to make use of natural flu remedies such as drinking warm lemon and honey, saying prevention is better than cure.
Some additional precautionary measures to prevent or stop it from spreading include doing basic things such as blocking your mouth when you sneeze or cough, washing your hands before eating and after using the toilet.
“Those who are sick should stay at home,” he added. “Do not go to work or school, this is to help prevent spreading the virus to others.”
Dr. Harry encourages the public to visit health facilities if the flu symptoms develop.