Take precautionary measures during flooding: MoH

Rokiah Mahmud

With the country experiencing floods following heavy rain, the Ministry of Health (MoH) urged the public, especially those residing in flood-prone areas to take precautionary measures to prevent accidents, injuries, food- and water-borne diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, food poisoning, and vector-borne diseases, including dengue.

The public is advised to ensure the water used for daily needs is clean and not contaminated; drink boiled or bottled water; cook food thoroughly; and prioritise personal hygiene like washing hands with clean water and soap after toilet use.

The public is also told to keep their surroundings clean, not to dispose waste haphazardly and ensure that drainages are not blocked with rubbish or tree trunks.

A person with fever, stomach discomfort, diarrhoea and vomiting should seek immediate medical treatment. The safety of children should also be prioritised, the MoH said in a statement yesterday.

The public should avoid contact with electrical wires found fallen near flooded areas.

The ministry said those with cuts, skin diseases or chronic health problems, including diabetes, should avoid flood waters as it can cause infection.

“Chronically ill patients must ensure they have an adequate supply of medication and if facing a shortage, should contact the nearest health clinic to stock up,” the MoH release added.

The public is also advised to get rid of mosquito breeding places, and is reminded to maintain hygiene and carry out social responsibilities as the Sultanate is still battling the
COVID-19 pandemic.