Following heavy downpours and the risk of floods, the Ministry of Health (MoH) reminded the public, especially those living in flood-prone areas, to take precautionary measures to prevent accidents, injuries and probability of food and waterborne diseases, such as cholera, diarrhoea, food poisoning, and vector borne disease such as dengue.
Measures include ensuring a clean water supply; boiling water before consumption or drinking bottled water; cooking food thoroughly and practising personal hygiene, particularly washing hands with clean water and soap after toilet use.
The MoH also reminded the public to keep their premises clean, not to dispose waste and ensure that the drainage is 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. The public must also prioritise safety, especially young children.
The public is advised against touching electrical wires found fallen on flood areas, the ministry said.
Patients with cuts and skin diseases or chronic illnesses, especially diabetes, are advised to avoid flood waters as they can cause infection, while ensuring they have adequate medication supply. If facing a shortage, patients can contact the nearest clinic.
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