Dos and don’ts during current weather condition

Rokiah Mahmud

With the country experiencing heavy rain and floods, the Ministry of Health (MoH) in yesterday advised the public to take extra precautionary measures, particularly those living in areas prone to floods.

The MoH in a statement reminded the public to be extra vigilant to prevent mishaps, while preventing food and water-borne diseases like diarrhoea, cholera, food poisoning and also vector-borne disease like dengue and Japanese Encephalitis (JE).

The MoH also advised the public to ensure that the water supply is clean and not contaminated, only drink boiled or bottled water, cook food thoroughly before consumption and prioritise self-hygiene, especially washing hands with clean water and soap after using restrooms.

The public is also advised to keep their surroundings clean and not to throw waste indiscriminately, check if drains are being clogged with trash, mud, twigs or leaves. The public should also seek medical treatment if experiencing fever, stomachache, diarrhoea and vomiting. Children shouldn’t be exposed to flood waters to avoid incidents like drowning, injuries and infectious diseases.

During rain, do not touch or be close to loose electrical wiring, avoid being exposed to flood waters if having minor injuries or skin ailments. Those affected are advised to seek medical treatment to clean wounds exposed to flood waters. Chronic patients are advised to have ample medical supplies during floods and contact the nearest health clinic to top-up the supplies if needed. For information contact www.moh.gov.bn or Darussalam line 123.