Stay healthy this monsoon

While we enjoy the pleasant showers, it is advisable to take certain precautions to minimize the health risks associated with monsoons.

Food safety

  • 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

Personal hygiene

  • 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 hazards

  • 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.
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