Rise of Water Borne Diseases during Monsoon

Posted by Nixon John Antao on Sun, Jun 19, 2011  
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Each day 4,500 children (under 14) in the world die from waterborne diseases, more than from HIV-AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis combined. 

Vector-born diseases are mainly caused by the bite of different mosquitoes. Malaria is spread by female anopheles mosquito, while dengue is caused when 'Aedes' mosquito bites. As the problem of water logging occurs frequently during the rainy season, mosquitoes get conducive conditions to breed. Seek medical help promptly. 

Boil drinking water [with tulsi leaves or pepper] and filter it properly. Preferred you drink warm water with each meal for easy digestion. Avoid drinking cold water during these days. Make it a point to carry quality filtered drinking water to work every day. Our tap water is fresher than the distilled bottled water sold in shops. 

If there is stagnation of water around your surrounding drop few drops of kerosene or phenyl on it. Keep your house and immediate area clean and dry. Wherever possible use mosquito nets. 

Keep all food and kitchen cutlery covered at all times so as to prevent contamination by house flies. Cook the vegetables well and steam them properly to kill the germ content in them, if any. 

Always eat light food and avoid as far as possible too much of spicy and fried foods because intestinal functions along with the digestive system become weak. 

Soak all vegetables in a 1:10 solution of vinegar and water for 10 minutes to ensure germ-free nutritious food. 

Add salt to cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli. 

Refrigerate leftover food immediately. Don’t keep leftovers in the fridge for too long; consume them within 24 hours? Else you may have diarrhea. 

While shopping; shop for plump, brightly coloured fruits and vegetables. Purchase smaller quantities, as fruits and veggies are more prone to spoiling in this weather. 

If you have eye infection this monsoon season use clean, clear water to wash your face. Please do not wash your face with soap; if you do, your eye will turn red and it will take longer time to heal. 

Dispose off garbage and other wastes in designated area. 

Do not use polluted water for bathing or washing the face. 

Use a handkerchief to cover the nose and face while sneezing or coughing. 

Diabetic patients do not walk barefoot, the soil on which you walk are prone to ultramicroscopic infectious germs. 

Wear shoes and socks, long pants and long-sleeve shirts when outdoor


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