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How to safeguard yourself from Water-Borne diseases during the rainy season?

By Team YourCoimbatore on 10th November 2021
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Tamil Nadu is conducting health clinics to take preventive measures against fever and other water-borne diseases as the state is reeling under heavy rains and waterlogging. The Public Health Office is monitoring the situation in and adjacent areas of the district where incessant rains have caused waterlogging, leading to the possibility of an outbreak of water-borne diseases. The District Medical Officers have been briefed to stock ample antibiotics, intravenous fluids, tetanus toxoid, anti-snake venom during the rainy season.

The Health Department has directed all the private hospitals to stock sufficient emergency medicines and maintains the stock of oxygen cylinders for any emergency. The Health Department has also requested all the private hospitals to have proper generators as the possibility of power outages due to heavy rains is high.

During monsoons, our immune system is weakened, which results in many water-borne diseases.  ​With the onset of monsoon in the country, water-borne diseases become a common phenomenon in the following months. The improper drainage system, waterlogging, unsanitary drinking water, among many more become a source of these diseases by providing germs with a breeding ground. Anyone consuming unsanitary water can fall ill in no time. While some of these diseases can be cured with medication at home, others might need hospitalization that will be covered under your health insurance policy. Nobody is safe from these diseases unless you take precautions and maintain hygiene in your day-to-day life.​ When it comes to keeping diseases at bay during monsoon, prevention is the key. We have some tips on how you can prevent water-borne diseases during this season and keep yourself healthy and fit.

Some of the most common diseases reported during monsoon include:
​Bacteria-Caused: Cholera, typhoid, gastroenteritis, dysentery, shigellosis, diarrhoea, dermatitis.

Virus-Caused: Polio, meningitis, adenovirus, rotavirus, hepatitis A and E (jaundice) Worm-Caused: Ascariasis, dracunculiasis, trichuriasis, amoebiasis, whipworm, threadworm

Protozoa-Caused: Giardiasis.

General Prevention Measures:
Wash your hand thoroughly before handling food or beverages. Get broken pipes mended to avoid contamination of household water with the sewage water. Avoid eating out. Wash all raw ingredients thoroughly before consuming. Keep your surroundings clean.
Store drinking water in clean vessels.

Water-borne diseases affect tens of thousands of people every year. Follow these easy preventive measures and stay safe during monsoon season!

Meena

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