Cameroon Association of Critical Care Nurses has continued in their fight against sepsis with a sensitization campaign as part of activities to mark the 2018 edition of World Sepsis Day.
Though observed 13 September every year, activities to mark the day took place in Bamenda Friday 28 at the Bamenda III Sub divisional Medicalised Hospital Nkwen popularly known as PMI.
World sepsis Day in Bamenda

Suiyven Elvis Dzelamonyuy General Secretary of Cameroon Association of Critical Care Nurses during the sensitization addressed community sensitisers and some staff of PMI on the signs, symptoms and prevention of sepsis which he described as silent killer resulting from infections not handled on time. 


The General Secretary detailed that Sepsis is a life threatening emergency that is caused by the body’s response to an infection that becomes systemic, injuring its own tissues and organs. If not recognised early and treated promptly he added, sepsis can lead to shock, multiple organ failure and even death. In cases of severe sepsis, every hour that treatment is delayed the chance of death increases. This he summarized as the “golden hour” which is a result of the early recognition plus time sensitive treatment. 


In a supportive presentation, Abang Theresia General Supervisor harped on the fact that Temperatures when higher or lower than are a signal to infections which can result to mental decline and extreme illness.   


The sensitization meeting ended with a recommendation of basic hygiene cautiousness and practices like effective hand watching. Suiyven Elvis Dzelamonyuy practiced effective hand washing which can be a reasonable way of preventing infections. 


Statistics suggest that every year there are around 150,000 cases of sepsis, resulting in 44,000 deaths which are more than deaths from bowel, prostate and breast cancer combined.


“We are working hard with the Global Alliance for the fight against sepsis and the World Sepsis Association to fight against sepsis… with the miss use of anti biotics in our community we wnd up having patients who come to the health facility after having taken a lot of antibiotics and now we are unavle to treat them and because we are not able to treat them; the antibiotics we are giving them is not working we refer to other hospitals and some end up dying because they were already in the state of sepsis and they didn’t know how to manage the infections from the beginning  we are making this sensitization to tell the population that when you have infections stop doing auto medications.” Dr. Iwu David Emeka Chief Medical Officer of the hospital noted. 


World Sepsis Days is an initiative by the Global Sepsis Alliance operated as a collaborative effort with other organizations and individuals. 


Experts say “Sepsis is the common final pathway of all acute infections. It arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. It may lead to shock, multiple organ failure, and death, especially if not recognized early and treated promptly.”


Sepsis has as signs and symptoms, Slurred speech or confusion, Extreme shivering or muscle pain, Passing no urine (in a day), severe breathlessness amongst others.
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