The Ministry of Health (MoH) reminded the public, particularly those living in flood-prone areas, to take measures to prevent accidents, injuries and the probability of food and waterborne diseases, such as cholera, diarrhoea, food poisoning, and vector borne disease, such as dengue, following the heavy rainfall and floods in the Sultanate recently.
Precautionary measures include ensuring a clean water supply, drinking boiled or bottled water, cooking food thoroughly, prioritising personal hygiene, especially washing hands with clean water and soap after using the toilet.
The public is urged to keep residential surroundings and nearby areas clean as well as not to dispose waste and ensure drainages are not blocked by rubbish, mud and tree trunks.
The public is also advised to seek medical treatment if experiencing fever, stomach ache, diarrhoea and vomiting.
Safety must be prioritised, especially young children, from exposure to flood waters to avoid drowning, injuries and infection, said the ministry.
The public is also urged against touching electrical wires fallen near flooded areas, while those with cuts, skin diseases or chronic health problems, especially diabetes, are advised to avoid flood waters as it can cause infection.
Patients with chronic illness must ensure they have adequate supply of medication. If facing a shortage, patients can contact the nearest health clinic.