Killer flu breaks out!…doctors advise early treatment

caughing person

Thandeka Moyo, Health Reporter
MEDICAL doctors yesterday warned that a flu bug, which may cause complications if not treated early, has hit the country.

They said the bug has malaria-like symptoms and severely weakens its victims.

A doctor, who runs a surgery in Bulawayo and cannot be named for professional reasons, said the flu can be deadly if left untreated.

He added that buying medication over the counter was not the right approach as such tablets and syrups treat the results of a disease not the cause.

He said he had attended to more cases of severe flu this cold season compared to previous years.

“This kind of flu is dangerous and may lead to pneumonia and death if people delay seeking proper medical attention.

“We are likely to have more cases as we transition into the hot season. We have had cases of people who developed pneumonia due to that and it’s a normal pattern, considering that this winter was very cold,” he said.

“Flu is caused by a virus so when one has flu they experience an irritation on the throat going downwards which is called the oropharyngeal area.”

He said doctors have to manage the viral stage of the bug before administering antibiotics.

“You start giving patients antibiotics when they produce creamish or yellowish, greenish mucus which means there is transformation from viral to bacterial phase. Patients at this phase may be given antibiotics immediately when their immune system is weak and they are prone to pneumonia,” he said.

“If you address the cause you apply the use of antibiotics and it’s up to the doctor to see improvement and do further tests. They can do a chest X-ray to check for bronchopneumonia.

“They shouldn’t rely on cough mixtures especially now as this strain of flu can cause pneumonia and if they delay they may die.”

Ministry of Health and Child Care Director of Epidemiology and Disease Control Dr Portia Manangazira said she was yet to meet other officials over the outbreak.

“We have a meeting to discuss this issue tomorrow, so let me get back to you,” said Dr Manangazira responding to questions sent to her.

Residents complained that the flu experienced this winter was more severe as most had to take stronger versions of cough syrups.

Ms Rudo Kuboni said her son was vomiting blood after being feverish.

“He complained that he had flu and we got him the normal over-the-counter medication. The situation changed and at one point he vomited blood saying his chest was sore,” said Ms Kuboni.

An official from one of the biggest public hospitals in Harare said the flu virus can mutate with each year and become stronger.

“So we have members of the public who are vulnerable, the young, aged and they need to seek healthcare if they have any respiratory compromises. Flu is basically a disease of the nose and the throat so when you see that you are coughing badly you need to get tested at the hospital,” he said.

A doctor at a public hospital in Bulawayo advised people to keep warm and seek medical attention the moment they suspect they might be catching flu.

“It’s a passing bug but while it lasts, we have to take precautions. This year, flu is presenting with severe symptoms that can cause complications if the patient has other respiratory ailments or medical conditions like diabetes,” said the doctor.

The doctors however said a message circulating on social media suggesting there could be an outbreak of the deadly human version of H5N8 bird flu was false.

“If that was the case, there would be a nationwide alert. That strain of bird flu is dangerous and would not be ignored,” said a doctor.

The bug affected 300 people in Nyanga last week, prompting the Ministry of Health and Child Care to recommend the early closure of three schools.

Manicaland Provincial Education Director Mr Edward Shumba said the worst affected area was Bende where health officials recommended the closure of Bende primary and secondary schools as well as the Roman Catholic Church-run Mt Melleray Primary School.

Health officials in Nyanga told our Manicaland Bureau that the outbreak, which affected mostly children aged between zero and 17 years was first recorded last week and the figures continued swelling until health officials from the District Medical Office were deployed there as an outreach clinic.

Those who had contracted the infectious disease were complaining of severe coughing and headache and were having high temperature.— @thamamoe

Pin It
  • MakhosiXamu

    This flu should affect Vusumuzi. His silence makes me sick.

    • Doctor Do little

      Even if you are joking it is a poor one. vusumuzi like you has had some idiot using his name so what would you expect? A spook maybe?

      • MakhosiXamu

        Thanks for your response but i would have been much happier had he responded. Remember he is my number 1 enemy and I miss his criticisms. I miss his punches.

        • Dr Zoos

          Don’t you have relatives to miss, than to claim to miss total strangers.

        • Vusumuzi

          Thanks for missing me, but i am still on a break. Will make a return next week!

      • Zikode

        Dr. Do little my good friend I’m not feeling well today, have caught the flu bug. Might not be that active on the forum today. So for today I will let you hold the reins, yes you heard me right, before you jump up and down in disbelief and happiness, ensure order and sanity prevails here in my absence. How you gonna do it, borrow a leaf from my book (Not my Book of Rhymes) seeing that I always whip you all lights out I’m sure you have learnt a thing or two on how it’s done. Behave yourself, we both know you misbehave by instinct like a kindergarten pupil and you’re prone to immature behaviour of wanting to be the authority on this forum, desist from that nonsense, it doesn’t pay you even a dime. Accept that they will always be some people superior to you, I being one of them. Happy reining, this is your chance to convince me that you’ve matured please don’t blow it.

        • Doctor do little

          I can help you with an over the counter prescription my good friend. 1 litre of warm water with 1/4 aspirin and a little mligasgone. Mix well and add 4 large spoons of RAT POISON. Mix well and gulp it all down and you will rest peacefully.

          • Doctor Do little

            What kind of a sick joke is this?

          • Doctor do little

            Sorry Doctor, I happen to be your follower & admirer and I have taken it upon myself to fight all your wars, especially against this Zikode guy.

          • Doctor Do little

            That is in very poor taste. He may not be my best person but I would not wish that on anybody. No matter what or who they are. Also I am not fighting any wars. Only trying to express my opinions and hear others opinions.

          • Zikode

            So you’re human after all,although this may or might be your biggest weakness in life. In this kind of game ie Dog eat Dog kind of life we now living you can’t be disturbed by anything. There’s no emotion involved. You can’t feel sorrow, you can’t feel pity, there’s nothing you feel. The job has just to be done.

          • Jofa

            You are one sick puppy.

          • Doctor Do little

            You can never be further from the truth. What has stopped the human race as destructive as we can be is that the balance between good an evil tilts in favour of good. I do not know which side of the scale you sit but it is good men and women with good feelings that saw through many of the good laws that stop us from annihilating each other.

          • Zikode

            I kind of like the way you come across as a peace loving someone, of course overlooking the fact that yours is a carefully orchestrated act done with the sole purpose of impressing women. Real life has no place for your Mr Nice Guy antics boy,grow up and start embracing reality. The idea of you always in fantasy land is the thing that makes us fight all the time.

          • Doctor Do little

            I think you are totally off track here. Why would anyone want to attract women on this type of a platform? We including you hide our true identities even though we can reveal things about ourselves that can give a guess at gender most of what is available is what can be relevant in thousands if not millions of people. I do not consider myself as a mister nice guy because I believe that self praise stinks. I how ever go in pursuit of the opinions of my fellow countrymen and offer my opinions in return because I believe that when we engage each other we are able to understand each other better. You on the other hand prefer to disrupt any sort of conversation by insults and bad language. I can have no control of that. All I can do is continue to engage those that engage me in a positive way.

          • Zikode

            When I insult and use bad language, I will be directing the flow of discussions or silencing some people. This I’m paid for, otherwise this platform might be hijacked to incite violence, uprisings or demonstrations.

          • Zikode

            I’m glad you seem to have reprimanded the guy, I won’t have a “Protege” of mine who depend on other people, when I’m training you to be a fighter. You will thus earn an average mark in this section. Your response though good, it was not hard enough and convincing. You have room for improvement though.

          • Doctor Do little

            ou are a very delusional person. You need to take things more seriously because I can guarantee you this might be a role you play here but if you continue at your pace you will start living it and you will need psychiatric assistance. I am warning you in good faith because I have seen it happen..

          • Simon

            I THINK HE IS A NUTCASE

          • Romario

            Why do you always come in when two people are in hot debates. You’re a skhotha mtshaza

          • Zikode

            Come on Dr Do little I taught better than that, why are you letting me down. I taught never respond to a person the following day, when he’s no longer your comments. That’s pure cowardice and I don’t groom cowards. Dr Do little I think I need to take you on a course on “Doing away with Cowardice”. This is an intensive course whereby I’ll be removing all that “I want to impress girls” attitude in your and replacing it with “I am a fighter and no one can stand up to me” attitude.

  • XFACTOR

    What professional reasons??

    • benjamin

      Code of ethics. Maybe they are not allowed to publicly issue such statements without approval of their regulatory bodies or Ministry.

  • Masuku Zikode oweBhelingwe

    Why would a doctor not want to be named? What professional reasons would prevent a medical doctor from revealing their names after giving medical advise? Unless its a fictitious Dr.

    • Dr Zoos

      Don’t be a fool, a Doctor revealing his name might be viewed as advertising for his services. Don’t be quick to just utter empty words.

    • benjamin

      There is no problem at all coming out in the open and offering advice.
      Perhaps the situation here might be a result of a code of ethics which
      might prevent a medical professional from making an utterance without
      the approval of their regulatory bodies of Ministry of health.

  • God of War

    This flu strain nearly killed me but i survived. But i know a certain fake studio gangsta that i hope catches it.

    • Mad Stupid Rap Fanatic

      Yo’ keep da noise down yo’ I’m in the midst of a recording session yo’. I’m tryin’ ta’ drop a Rap Album mid October, time for da summer jam screen.

      Yo fo’ now take yo’ rubbish elsewhere lil boy. ah know you peep up ta me, you’ll dig’ me when you gots reached my motha fu*kin level ya’ll is mad stupid like Orienthawl James, otay.

      • God of War

        Oh shaite; he’s alive. Do i give you a hard on cz the way you stalk me is too much son.

  • OVERSEER

    yah testimony time… i confirm i thought i had malaria but i recovered with aid of different concoctions

  • Ndumiso Sithole

    Was this winter too cold than previous years? I doubt