Legazpi City, Albay under state of calamity due to rabies
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2019
The local government of Legazpi City, Albay has declared a state of calamity to access funds which will be used to purchase of anti-rabies vaccines.
According to Dr. Emmanuel Estipona, officer-in-charge of the City Veterinary Office of Legazpi, they already ran out of anti-rabies vaccines.
Based on the record of the City Veterinary Office, the population of dogs in the city is around 22,000 but only 8,000 dogs have been vaccinated for this year.
Estipona said an anti-rabies vaccine is estimated to cost P50. They would need around P800,000 to vaccinate the rest of the dog population.
“Alarming ang case ng rabies. Once na may isang case ka diyan, considered as outbreak iyan kasi hindi iyan normal occurrence sa isang lugar lalo na sa Legazpi. We had 35 last year. In 2017, eleven lang, so nagti-triple, (Rabies is an alarming case. Once you have one case of [rabies], it is already considered an outbreak because that is not a normal occurrence in an area especially in Legazpi. We had 35 [cases] last year, in 2017 it was only 11 — it tripled),” he said.
The City Veterinary Office has warned of filing charges against dog owners who neglect their pets and leave them wandering in the streets.—AAC (with reports from Allan Manansala)
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Friday, July 5th, 2019
There is a touch of lightness in the air as sun rays peek through the trees. Each step has a sound which carries a sense of peacefulness. There is calm.
But suddenly, all the lights go out. Nothing remains, not even darkness.
Without any warning, a person can experience an episode of depression without any triggering factor. This is according to psychiatrist Ranier Umali.
Dr. Umali said a person with depression can continue feeling good for months. However, he reiterates that depression is an episodic sickness which patients should be reminded of.
“Minsan, two months na okay na feeling niya ano, biglang darating iyan. Kahit walang trigger iyan. Kapag biglang dumating iyan at hindi alam ng pasyente na iyan ay talagang episode, madedepress ulit iyon, (Sometimes, [a patient] will be okay for two months, but [depression] will suddenly come, even without a trigger. If it comes and the patient is unaware of the episode, he will revert back to being depressed),” he said.
Umali said suicide is the end result of the sickness but depression is not contagious.
“Di siya nakakahawa, because ang suicide is not a sickness it is not infectious. It is a manifestation of a disease process. That is the outcome, (It is not contagious, because suicide is not a sickness),” he said.
However, he clarified that suicide thoughts shared on social media can affect another person.
“Shared thoughts, nadadala ka. Parang mob rule iyon. Nakakaapekto, iba iyong nakakahawa, nakakaapekto [iyon] nakaka-influence iyong thought process, (Shared thoughts can influence you. It is like a mob rule. It is different from being contagious. The thought process can be influential),” he said.
In an episode of UNTV’s morning show Good Morning Kuya, Umali further explained some misconceptions about depression and offered tips to help a person suffering from the disorder.
There are six causes of suicide:
Umali explained that psychosis and depression are the two negative causes of suicide. He also said that the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that 1/3 of the population of a country is depressed.
Depression is not an ordinary kind of sadness
Umali said a person with depression is experiencing severe sadness and anhedonia, which is the inability to feel pleasure.
He explained that this is due to a hormonal imbalance in the brain. Low serotonin levels and low oxygen levels in the brain are some of the factors which puts a person in a depressive mood.
Symptoms of depression
lack of sleep
lack of appetite
Stop giving advises
Relatives and friends of a person suffering from depression are advised not to carelessly give advice to their loved ones with depression. Umali said not to take away control from the patient.
“Stop giving advice because your advice is your solution and not his solution,” he added.
Exercise but not to the point of exhaustion
It is better for a depressed person to try and get out of bed and do exercises, according to Umali. These include outdoor activities, however, he cautions against pushing oneself to exhaustion.
Avoid eating foods with caffeine
Umali listed down the foods a depressed person should avoid, which include drugs, alcohol, soft-drinks, tea, chocolate, and coffee.
“The last person to know whether he or she is depressed is the person himself,” Umali said. “Kaya kayong mga relatives kapag nakita niyo na iyon kayo na ang gumawa ng aksyon para sa kaniya. (So relatives, if you see [the symptoms] take action for his sake)—AAC
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2019
Specialists say that 80% of lightning survivors sustain long-term damage.
Based on scientific data, around 24,000 individuals died after getting struck by lightning while around 240,000 survived the strike.
However, experts say that surviving a lightning strike can still lead to severe long-term damage.
According to aesthetic dermatologist Dr. Catherine Dela Rosa-Porciuncula some of the long-term damages include nerve and muscle injuries, hearing loss, and cardiac problems.
“Kapag tinamaan ng kidlat ang ating puso ay very prone ito sa cardiac arrest, to arrhythmia at iba pa pong saikit sa puso kasi tumatakbo ang ating puso sa mga tinatawag nating electrical conduction (If we get struck by lightning, it is very prone to cardiac arrest, to arrhythmia and other heart diseases because our heart runs in what we call an electrical conduction),” she said.
She also advise to take the victim straight to the hospital.
“Kapag lightning hindi mo aantayin, idi-diretso mo siya sa hospital, sa ER. usually kapag nagiging unconscious sila or nag-develop ng seizures, ine-electric shock (You have to take him straight to the hospital, usually if they become unconscious or develop seizures they experience electric shock),” she adds.
Experts advise to remain inside the house and stay away from electric posts or any metal during lightning. They also said to avoid having any gadgets near the body.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
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