Few days ago I received a call as early as 3am in the morning from a close friend ...“please Pharm my sister is very sick, she has been vomiting and purging all night”... I tried talking with the lady in question but she was very weak to make a complete sentence because she was weak and was crying through out.
From my observation through my friend, she had food poison and had lost a lot of fluid through vomiting and stooling hence she’s too weak. I asked for some common drugs that should be in the First Aid box but non was there. She have lost a lot of fluid and electrolytes. She was able to regain strength after few minutes of administration of ORS ie Oral Rehydration Solution after I directed them on how to make simple ORS using sugar and salt.
Having the necessary materials in your First Aid Box can save you, your colleagues, friends, fellow worshippers etc from death before going to the hospital. Depending on where it's going to be used e.g. house/domestic, sports, etc the following drugs/items should be present at all time in a First Aid box:
1. Plasters in different sizes and shapes 2. Small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings 3. Crepe rolled bandages and safety pins 4. Disposable sterile gloves 5. Small scissors 6. Alcohol-free cleansing wipes and Methylated spirit 7. Sticky tape 8. Thermometer (preferably digital) 9. Skin rash cream, such as hydrocortisone cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings 10. Antiseptic liquid/cream 11. ORS ie Oral Rehydration Solution or have the knowledge on how to prepare such. 12. Painkillers such as diclofenac, Ibuprofen paracetamol both for adults and children, cough medicine antihistamine cream or tablets, Flagyl tab/ Syr and Cap Loperamide 13. Distilled water for cleaning wounds eye wash and eye bath
Medicines should be checked regularly to make sure they're within their use-by dates.
Compiled By: Daniel Okeoma