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Hygiene a good protective tool for coronavirus

Hygiene a good protective tool for coronavirus

14 February 2020

The current spread of coronavirus across several continents has the potential to elicit significant anxiety and worry amongst people. 

Human coronaviruses are a large and diverse family of viruses which cause illness in animals and humans, including the common cold, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). 

Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Clinical Manager Martin Mikaere says while New Zealand has not yet had a confirmed coronavirus case, the chances of it making it to New Zealand are high. 

“The good news is that the chances of it spreading around New Zealand are low.  What this means is that we should be prepared and start using the protective tools we have such as good hygiene.”

Dr Mikaere says people need to keep in mind that they are only at risk if they have been around someone who has come from China (not necessarily Chinese) in the last two weeks and who has flu-like symptoms. 

“Conversely being Chinese does not mean they have this disease as they may be from here (NZ) or not been to China themselves in the last two years.” 

Symptoms of coronavirus are similar to a range of other illnesses such as the flu and do not necessarily mean that you have it. These include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing, all of which can be also be attributed to other illnesses. If someone is having difficulty breathing they should contact their healthcare provider or ED department immediately. 

Dr Mikaere says commonsense precautions, which are also applicable to viruses such as the flu, should be maintained. This includes practicing good cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing); washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and then drying them thoroughly before eating or handling food; after using the toilet; after coughing, sneezing, blowing your  nose or wiping children’s noses, and after caring for sick people.

The Ministry of Health also recommends people should avoid close contact with individuals who display cold and flu-like symptoms, avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth; and avoiding travel if they have fever or cough, if they are immunocompromised, have a chronic illness, or are regularly in close contact with individuals with such conditions.

Dr Mikaere says if a Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki client is concerned that they may have been in contact with the virus, they need to alert the receptionist about their concerns before they come to the clinic and the staff will organise to see them in their vehicle when they arrive. 

“It is important they do not come into the waiting area where there is potential to infect others around them,” Dr Mikaere says.  “Otherwise stay well and remember to be kind.”

The Ministry of Health has offered a dedicated, free phone number for people seeking coronavirus information and advice, self-isolation etc. The number is:  0800 358 5453  and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Or for international SIMs +64 9 358 5453

People calling that line will be able to talk with a member of the National Telehealth Service who has access to interpreters.

If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing,
 please telephone Healthline (for free) on 
0800 611 116.

 

 Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki

 FREEPHONE 0508 835 676 (0508 Korowai)

Let your Health Care receptionist know before you present to the clinic so that you are not kept waiting with other patients

 

 

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Hygiene a good protective tool for coronavirus

14 February 2020

The current spread of coronavirus across several continents has the potential to elicit significant anxiety and worry amongst people. 

Human coronaviruses are a large and diverse family of viruses which cause illness in animals and humans, including the common cold, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). 

Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Clinical Manager Martin Mikaere says while New Zealand has not yet had a confirmed coronavirus case, the chances of it making it to New Zealand are high. 

“The good news is that the chances of it spreading around New Zealand are low.  What this means is that we should be prepared and start using the protective tools we have such as good hygiene.”

Dr Mikaere says people need to keep in mind that they are only at risk if they have been around someone who has come from China (not necessarily Chinese) in the last two weeks and who has flu-like symptoms. 

“Conversely being Chinese does not mean they have this disease as they may be from here (NZ) or not been to China themselves in the last two years.” 

Symptoms of coronavirus are similar to a range of other illnesses such as the flu and do not necessarily mean that you have it. These include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing, all of which can be also be attributed to other illnesses. If someone is having difficulty breathing they should contact their healthcare provider or ED department immediately. 

Dr Mikaere says commonsense precautions, which are also applicable to viruses such as the flu, should be maintained. This includes practicing good cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing); washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and then drying them thoroughly before eating or handling food; after using the toilet; after coughing, sneezing, blowing your  nose or wiping children’s noses, and after caring for sick people.

The Ministry of Health also recommends people should avoid close contact with individuals who display cold and flu-like symptoms, avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth; and avoiding travel if they have fever or cough, if they are immunocompromised, have a chronic illness, or are regularly in close contact with individuals with such conditions.

Dr Mikaere says if a Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki client is concerned that they may have been in contact with the virus, they need to alert the receptionist about their concerns before they come to the clinic and the staff will organise to see them in their vehicle when they arrive. 

“It is important they do not come into the waiting area where there is potential to infect others around them,” Dr Mikaere says.  “Otherwise stay well and remember to be kind.”

The Ministry of Health has offered a dedicated, free phone number for people seeking coronavirus information and advice, self-isolation etc. The number is:  0800 358 5453  and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Or for international SIMs +64 9 358 5453

People calling that line will be able to talk with a member of the National Telehealth Service who has access to interpreters.

If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing,
 please telephone Healthline (for free) on 
0800 611 116.

 

 Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki

 FREEPHONE 0508 835 676 (0508 Korowai)

Let your Health Care receptionist know before you present to the clinic so that you are not kept waiting with other patients

 

 

Dental van visit postponed

12 January 2020

Aroha mai - due to unforeseen circumstance, the Dental Van will not be visiting Thames 15 to 24 January.  We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and will readvertise as soon as we have dates of when we will be able to offer this service.

If you have already got an appointment, please contact the person who referred you for more information.

Rongoā lessons from the heart

20 December 2019

When Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Mirimiri practitioner Val Yeates was little, she used to get woken up by her whangai grandmother “Mumma Sue Williams”, alongside her cousin Phyllis and taken into the bush. 

They were not allowed to eat until they returned and were only allowed to have a wash and drink water before they left.

“We were never told why, we just did not eat until we had finished what we went in for,” Val recalls. “We’d always be back for lunch and the other kids would laugh because we hadn’t eaten. We thought we were being punished, but of course, now I know we were being taught.”

Val says Mumma Sue would take the pair to the edge of the bush and leave them there while she gathered her harvest, coming back a few hours later with a kete full of plants.

“We had to be quiet,” Val says. “Mumma Sue would speak to the bush and then she would leave us with ‘family’ and we’d touch the plants, sit against them, tune in and feel things – Phyllie saw things and I could feel things. We gave name to plants as we understood them to be. It took a while but that’s how Phyllis and I learned together.” 

Val says Mamma Sue never taught them the name of the plants nor read from any books and Val says that never worried her.

“If I went into the bush, I just knew what I needed,” she says. “The fantail would come and off we’d go and that’s how I harvested for years.”

She says they received the significance of their names from the plants themselves.

“You didn’t question why, because that was questioning them, so you just accept you’d feel the energy or see it,” she says. 

Val says rongoā teaches people to listen to their bodies. “You always know when to stop, because you start feeling that you don’t need anymore -  and that’s your body telling you that you’ve now reached the point you’re ready to heal without it, you yourself now need to step up and take a long look and move forward.

“We are, the rongoā are, we all are, of the same family, just in different forms. There is also the higher realm of knowledge looking over and after you. If you doubt how you expect their help - if you don’t believe it will help you, then it definitely won’t.”

Val stopped working with plants in her teens. 

“It took me being really sick and my mum, Vida Yeates, to fully understand, that “walking the rhythm of not eating and just drinking and allowing the body to rest and clean before filling it once more was wiser and slower, with more chewing then filling.”

She mostly kept her gift quiet after she married, only calling on some of the remedies when her children were young.

Her pathway changed, however, when she met Irone Cooke while training as a Mirimiri practitioner 20 years ago. At the time, Irone was working at Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki as a Mirimiri practitioner. The pair got talking and Val was soon making her special bush balms.

It wasn’t long before she came into contact with whaea Janey Poutu at Te Korowai, who, recognising that Val harboured a true gift of knowledge, was soon steering her towards an official rongoā course.

“I still didn’t know the names of the plants I worked with and Janey told me that if I wanted to join Te Korowai I needed to get the names of the plants right,” Val says.

Both Val and Irone trained with Rob McGowan ``Pa Ropata” in Tauranga, who is employed by the University of Waikato as Education Officer and by Nga Whenua Rahui.

Val says the three of them had a vision to bring rongoā into Te Korowai and held their first workshop in 2002. “It started back then as a dream – three of us sharing the knowledge we all had.”                                                                                        

While Irone and Whaea Janey have both since passed, Val has continued to work at Te Korowai for the past 13 years as Mirimiri practitioner, and this year started her first Rongoā workshops within the kaumātua rōpū group in Coromandel.

"They are not just my workshops, they are our workshops,” Val says. "It's about being as one alongside kaumātua, teaching and, at the same time, sharing knowledge. 

“We have our older kuia honouring the pronunciation of names, others bringing in their knowledge and sharing that knowledge.”

She says the group learns to identify plants they can take without harming themselves and what the plants can do internally and externally working with the full body system.

“If you put all the plants together, they work in harmony as you weave different rongoā in the body. When we are all working together as a family, we weave a pattern, and these are safe patterns for mind, body and soul.”

Val puts out a huge thanks to her ‘boss’, Poukura Oranga Manager Public and Community Health Services Debbie Petersen-Pilcher, who she says has enabled Val, Irone and Janey's dream to flow higher once again.

“I know Janey and Irone are with me in this journey.”  

 Jo Belworthy

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