Being a Fraternity composed of doctors and medical students from the UP College of Medicine, the Phi Kappa Mu recognizes the potential health impact of the heavy raining and consequent flooding brought about recently by Typhoon Maring (international codename: "Trami"). Of the many possible diseases that may be contracted, leptospirosis figures to be one of the most lethal yet potentially preventable etiologies.

Leptospirosis is a disease that is endemic in the Philippines usually occurring during the rainy months of July to October which causes an average of 680 cases and 40 deaths yearly (PSMID, 2010). This disease is acquired through exposure to urine of infected animals (most commonly rats). Clinical symptoms include high grade fever, headache, nausea and vomiting, muscle (usually calf) pain, jaundice, anorexia, skin rashes and diarrhea. Known complications include involvement of the brain, kidney, lungs and liver which, if untreated, may potentially lead to death.

The following is a poster containing a concise yet comprehensive discussion of leptospirosis -- from its cause, symptoms, complications and steps to take when one gets exposed to infected water discover here. You may download this to your computer or any handheld device, or print and post at your homes for future reference.

Let us all avoid and fight leptospirosis!

(Please click image for a high resolution copy.)

Sources:

Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Leptospirosis Guidelines 2010

World Health Organization

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Vice Superior Exemplar Mark Mujer '10 leads the brods in handing out relief goods to evacuees

In light of the recent damage that Typhoon "Maring" (international name: "Trami") has caused, the Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity, along with other organizations from all over the Philippines, have initiated relief efforts to extend help to those most affected by the typhoon. A nation held prostrate by the whiplash of the torrential rains deserves nothing but the utmost from her people.

On the 20th of August, the Fraternity delivered much needed supplies, in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, to more than a hundred families at the rather inaccessible Baseco Evacuation Center located in Barangay 649 of the 5th District of the City of Manila. The resident brods, braving the heavy flooding in the vicinity of Ermita, distributed relief packages with the help of a detachment of emergency-response units from the Philippine Army.

 

The first of a series of incursions that include other relief sites, the Fraternity is still accepting donations through multiple media. Donors are encouraged to give drinking water and instant noodles in accordance with the evacuation center's needs.

For inquiries, please contact Miko (09175129144) or Clemens (09173217112).

Monetary aid may be deposited at the following accounts:

BPI Peso Account: UPCM Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity (4933-0522-79)
BDO Peso Account: Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity Service (003530206991)

 

Members of the Philippine Army were also at the Baseco Evacuation Center to help out in the relief efforts.

CALL FOR DONATIONS! PHI teams up with Ugnayan ng Pahinungod, the 37th Medical Student Council and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity of the UP College of Medicine is NOW ACCEPTING DONATIONS for the victims of Typhoon Maring! 

You may drop your relief goods such as clothing, bottled water, bags of rice, canned goods and toiletries at Pagkalma Park at the UP College of Medicine campus starting today.

For monetary donations, please deposit at any BDO branch using the following account details:
Account Name: Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity - Service
Account Number: 003530206991

The Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity is one with the UP Manila Ugnayan ng Pahinungod, the 37th UP Medicine Student Council and the Department of Social Welfare and Development in reaching out to our fellow Filipinos in this time of need.

You may also contact Miko (09175129144), Enzo (09178939417) or Jairus (09276076871) for more details.

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Established in August 1933 by the UP College of Medicine's best medical students, the PHI KAPPA MU (Fraternity of the College of Medicine) continues to uphold its tested tradition of Excellence, Leadership, Service and Brotherhood in the College, University and in our country.

Through the Fraternity's ideals and pillars, her Loyal Sons continue to lead, innovate and excel in the practice of medicine worldwide and in preserving the honor and integrity of the medical profession.

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