Campaigns

World No Tobacco Day 2020

On 31 May 2020 every year, World Health Organisation (WHO)  and  Public Health champions around the world come together to celebrate World No Tobacco Day. This annual campaign emphasizes the achievements and progress made throughout the year towards a tobacco-free world. The theme for 2020 is aimed at protection of[…]

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World Hypertension Day 17th May 2020

World Hypertension Day is celebrated annually on 17th May with the aim of educating the public and increase awareness of hypertension. The day is organised by the World Hypertension League (WHL), an umbrella organisation comprising 85 hypertension societies and leagues from all over the world. What is blood pressure? Blood pressure[…]

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National Smile Month 2020

National Smile Month is primarily organised by the Oral Health Foundation with the aim of helping to improve the oral health of millions of people throughout the United Kingdom  and to raise awareness of the importance of good oral hygiene. The main message and focus of this campaign is to[…]

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Testing for COVID-19

What do we mean by testing? During the COVID-19 pandemic, there are various methods that you may see being utilised to ascertain whether you may be at risk of infection. Rapid measures include checks for symptoms including fever (temperature) scanning on entry to buildings. More thorough testing involves taking samples/[…]

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Keeping CovidFit with Self-Care

Understanding our own bodies, identifying when we are unwell and choosing to stay home to prevent the spread to others is the basis of all good infection control. Public Health Gibraltar launches its second COVID campaign  that addresses self-care  using the catch phrase: Self-care: How. When. Where The aim of[…]

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Importance of social distancing as we exit lock-down (COVID-19)

As we begin to explore the steps for exiting lock down it is crucial we follow Public Health advice on social distancing and respiratory and personal hygiene. The more shops, establishments and facilities we are able to visit the higher the risk of our exposure to viral spread; particularly in[…]

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World Hand Hygiene Day, 5th May 2020

Today marks World Hand Hygiene Day, a very relevant date in view of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The global campaign emphasizes that handwashing is one of the most effective actions you can take to reduce the spread of pathogens and prevent infections. 5th May also marks the International Day of[…]

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Management of masks

Regardless of the type of mask used, appropriate wear and disposal are essential to ensure that they are effective (preventing any increase in transmission). Guidelines for use, based on practice in health care settings, are as follows: Place the mask carefully, ensuring it covers the mouth and nose, and tie[…]

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The use of medical masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19

WHO recommends the use of  medical masks in health-care settings, noting that they should be used in combination with other key infection prevention and control measures (such as hand hygiene and adequate physical distancing). National decision makers may also recommend medical mask use for certain individuals using a risk-based approach.[…]

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Types of masks used against the spread of COVID-19

Advice on the use of masks has been changing constantly over the last few weeks based on emerging global evidence. There are several different types of masks that can be used depending on the need and setting. Medical masks (also known as surgical masks): These are made from a minimum[…]

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