While we enjoy the pleasant showers, it is advisable to take certain precautions to minimize the health risks associated with monsoons.
- Avoid street food. Refrain from consuming pre-cut fruits, fried foods and fatty meals. Eat well-cooked food.
- Clean your salads and leafy vegetables under running water; steaming them is the best way to get rid of germs.
- Increase the intake of fruits which are rich in Vitamin C (e.g. papaya, berries, citrus fruits etc.) in your diet.
- Boiling water, when practical, is the best way to kill harmful bacteria and parasites in drinking water. If you use bottled water, please make sure that it comes from a safe source
- Germs breed quickly during monsoons. Take extra precautions to maintain personal hygiene.
- Do not use contaminated water to wash dishes, brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, wash your hands or make ice. You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to keep your hands free from germs.
- Special attention is required to prevent fungal feet. Keep your feet dry.
- Floodwater often contains infectious waterborne microorganisms. Some of the symptoms experienced by the victims of waterborne microorganisms are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, muscle aches, and fever.
- Most cases of sickness associated with flood conditions are a result of ingesting contaminated food or water.
- Avoiding stagnant water is an important consideration during monsoons.
- Make sure you use a mosquito net or a repellent while sleeping at night.
- Please avoid exposure to flooded areas.
- Seek immediate medical care in case of an animal bite.