Monsoon: Health department issues guidelines to keep diseases at bay
With the monsoon on its way, the district Health Department has issued a series of guidelines for preventing monsoon-related diseases and epidemics. With water and mosquito-borne diseases like viral fever, dengue and Chikungunya on the rise in the district, the Health authorities have alerted people about several precautionary measures.
The authorities have asked the people not to take self-treatment for fever. Proper clinical diagnosis is important before taking medicines. The department also asked the people to stay in-doors and not to go out as it could spread the disease. Personal hygiene is most important in keeping away water-borne diseases, said the health department in a public statement.
The authorities requested the people not to pollute fresh water sources. People should keep their own premises free of sources where mosquitoes could breed. Empty coconut shells, plastic waste like broken bags, mugs, buckets and latex-collecting shells in rubber plantations are some of the major breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Source reduction should also done by eliminating all indoor sources of stagnant water like refrigerator and air conditioner drip trays, ‘lucky bamboo’ vases, and water trays beneath indoor potted plants.
People should always use boiled water for drinking purposes. People in water-logged areas need to specially take this precaution. This method can prevent water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea, jaundice, typhoid and cholera. The authorities have also asked the people to observe ‘Dry Day’ weekly once. The health department will take additional steps and extra care in those areas from where an outbreak of infectious diseases was reported last year. Trivandrum registered a total of 1,053 confirmed cases of dengue fever since January this year.