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Editorial: Be Safe, Take Precautions And Watch The Water You Drink

The public has been put on notice. Be very careful of the water you drink in the aftermath of the recent spate of bad weather because of the likelihood of
09 Jan 2019 11:44
Editorial: Be Safe, Take Precautions And Watch The Water You Drink

The public has been put on notice.
Be very careful of the water you drink in the aftermath of the recent spate of bad weather because of the likelihood of a potential disease outbreak.

This is after teams from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services were placed on alert.

In an effort to prevent potential disease outbreaks teams from the ministry have already started to move out to communities to assess the situation.

Their advice to the people is to boil drinking water, practice good hygiene habits and ensure their homes, compounds and surroundings are clean.

Most of us don’t think about the water we drink. We turn on a tap, fill a glass, and drink.

But how much water do you really need to drink every day?

Is the water you’re drinking safe or would bottled water be safer?

What can you do if your tap water suddenly became contaminated?

It is a fact that natural disasters such as hurricanes or floods can damage water treatment plants and contaminate your water supply. Normally, those treatment plants take in surface water, filter it, treat it and remove contaminants, but a report has said the plants can only handle so much water at a time.

With water safety being compromised, the Minister for Health and Medical Services has issued a boil-water notice, which means you should boil any water meant for drinking, cleaning food or brushing your teeth, for one full minute.

Since bacteria and viruses are not visible to the naked eye, keep in mind the water may look the same as it always does. Treat suspicious water.

Drink the water you know to be safe first, and put off drinking suspicious water.

For your personal hygiene remember that the simple act of hand washing with soap and clean water can save lives because it stops the spread of communicable diseases such as typhoid, diarrhoea and conjunctivitis.

This is a simple act that can save lives if people practiced.

Wash hands with soap and clean, running water (if available):

  • Before, during, and after preparing food;
  • Before eating food;
  • After using the toilet;
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet;
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick;
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing;
  • After touching an animal or animal waste;
  • After touching garbage; and
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound.

To parents and caregivers, with the new school year starting next week on Monday, January 14, it will be advisable to boil their children’s drinking water.

Remind them to wash their hands after using the toilet and before eating his or her lunch.

For all Fijians to remain healthy, please heed the Minister of Health’s advice.

 

 

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