Health

To identify, initiate and support the healthcare, health education and physical fitnessactivities in order to promote health awareness in the community. Also provide advice andassist patients for medical treatment both locally and abroad when required.

Ref: CHB/HB/044/15                                                                                        

CHB NEWS BULLETIN

HEALTH BENEFITS OF CONSUMPTION OF CLEAN WATER 

Water is consumed daily by most everyone either orally or through the skin by showering/bathing, swimming, etc. Clean water is an essential nutrient, the basis of fluids of all living organisms, and absolutely necessary to sustain life. When we talk about achieving optimum health, consuming clean water should be at the top of the “most important” list. It has been said that water is the world’s best beauty elixir! With that type of statement, who wouldn’t want to drink!

Did you know that every cell in your body is bathed in water? Water makes up nearly 85 percent of our brain, about 80 percent of our blood and about 70 percent of lean muscle. Water accounts for about 60% of a man’s body weight and represents about 50% of a woman’s weight.

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Ref: CHB/HB/043/15                                                           

CHB NEWS BULLETIN

HEALTH BENEFITS OF HAND-WASHING

Many people do not realize the importance of Hand Washing, especially before eating food or fruits etc. using our hands, similarly, after using the toilet or when in contact with any kind of liquid unknown to us. Please read below this article on the benefits of Hand-Washing.

When visiting hospitals, nursing homes or health clinics, one should use Antiseptic hand rubbing liquid, the dispensers are kept at several spots for visitors and others. 


The Issue

Washing your hands correctly (or using an alcohol-based hand rub) is the most effective thing you can do to protect yourself against a number of infectious diseases, such as influenza (the "flu") and the common cold. Not only will it help keep you healthy, it will help prevent the spread of infectious diseases to others.

Background

Even if your hands appear to be clean, they may carry germs. Hands pick up micro-organisms (germs) in a number of ways.

When people who are sick sneeze or cough, the germs that are making them sick are expelled into the air in tiny droplets. If these droplets get onto your hands, and then you touch your mouth, eyes or nose without washing away the germs, you carry the infection. You can also get sick if you don't wash your hands before and after preparing food, after handling raw meat, and after using the toilet.

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Ref: CHB/HB/042/15                                                                 

CHB NEWS BULLETIN

CHOLERA-OUTBREAK

What is cholera?

Cholera is an acute diarrheal disease caused by an infection in the intestines that can kill even a healthy adult in a matter of hours. Symptoms, including severe watery diarrhea, can surface in as little as two hours or up to five days after infection, and can then trigger extreme dehydration and kidney failure. With such a short incubation period, cholera can easily explode into an outbreak, as is the case currently in Central Haiti where there have been over 135 confirmed deaths. 

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Ref: CHB/HB/041/15                                                                      

CHB HEALTH BULLETIN

VITAMIN D3

Vitamin D3 is one of the most useful nutritional tools we have at our disposal for improving overall health. This vitamin is unique because (Vitamin D3) is a vitamin that acquires hormone-like actions when it is converted to Calcitriol by the liver and kidneys. As a hormone, Calcitriol controls phosphorus, calcium, and bone metabolism and neuromuscular function. Vitamin D3 is the only vitamin the body can manufacture from sunlight (UVB). Yet, with today’s indoor living and the extensive use of sunscreens due to concern about skin cancer, we are now a society with millions of individuals deficient in life-sustaining bone building and immune modulating Vitamin D3.


Without sufficient vitamin D, bones can become thin, brittle, or misshapen. Vitamin D sufficiency prevents rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. Together with calcium, vitamin D also helps protect older adults from osteoporosis.

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Ref: CHB/HB/040/15                                                                        

CHB NEWS BULLETIN
 
MOUTH CANCER – A WARNING TO US ALL


 

In the last three years, CHB has observed increasing number of mouth cancer cases in our community. The cause of this serious disease of Mouth Cancer (from the cases that we are aware of) were due to chewing of tobacco (famously known as Pariki or Mawo) and cigarette smoking.
 
Sadly, about 80% of the cases of Mouth Cancer ultimately had resulted in deaths; some young people became victims of this dreadful disease. We would like parents and school teachers to watch out very closely the children and students who indulge in chewing of tobacco and stop them before it is too late to do so.

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