Jerudong - Jerudong Park Medical Centre ( JPMC) organised yet another public talk on the topic of "The Fight Against Rotavirus" yesterday.
It was delivered at JPMC as part of their corporate social responsibility initiative to increase awareness on popular medical topics by their in-house specialist.
The talk touched on a disease called "Rotavirus Gastroenteritis", a form of acute infectious diarrhoea.
Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe gastroenteritis in infants and young children worldwide.
In developing countries, Rotavirus Gastroenteritis is a major cause of childhood death and is responsible for approximately half a million deaths per year among children below the age of five.
"Maintaining a high level of hygiene alone may not be sufficient to prevent Rotavirus infection. However, Rotavirus vaccines have been found to be highly effective and safe in the prevention of Rotavirus infection in young children," said Dr Joel Isaiah, Consultant Paediatrician who is Head of the Paediatrics Department, JPMC.
In June 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that Rotavirus Vaccination be included in all national immunisation programme to provide protection against the virus.
"We urge all parents to consider vaccinating their infants, aged less than six months, with rotavirus vaccines to protect them from rotavirus infection" continued Dr Joel.
During the presentation, Dr Joel further stressed to some of the parents-to-be on ways to protect their infants against the dangers of Rotavirus Gastroenteritis and other common childhood diseases.
This informative session is aimed at providing parents and parents-to-be with a better understanding of these diseases and to furnish them with the knowledge of protection for their babies.
Educational materials such as patient information booklets on Rotavirus were also distributed.
--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin