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Take Health Precautions During This Weather Condition

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is reminding the public to take necessary precautions and preventive measures towards safeguarding their health as the country is currently experiencing adverse weather
02 Jan 2016 11:32
Take Health Precautions During This Weather Condition
Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is reminding the public to take necessary precautions and preventive measures towards safeguarding their health as the country is currently experiencing adverse weather conditions.

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate, said that taking necessary preventative and precautionary measures will avoid unnecessary illnesses.

“All drinking and cooking water must be boiled particularly with possible water supply disruptions and flash flooding’s that contribute towards water contamination,” Mr Usamate said.

“Boiling water prior to consumption is important as this will decrease the chances of contracting water borne diseases (typhoid, cholera, leptospirosis and hepatitis A).

“Families are also advised to ensure that cooked food is properly covered and that food is stored safely. Leftover food that has been spoiled should be discarded and not consumed.

“It is also important to practice proper hygiene such as hand washing with soap and water after using the washroom and before handling food,” he added.

The minister said that families should also ensure that they have adequate medicine supplies particularly for those members that may have non-communicable diseases or other illness requiring specific medication.

“Keeping medication on hand is important as this will avoid unnecessary movement during this bad weather conditions or should flash flooding’s occur. It is also advisable to keep a First Aid kit handy.”

Meanwhile the Ministry of Health and Medical Services continues to monitor the current weather situation as it remains committed towards providing efficient and effective health services.

Ministry of Health

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