Preventive measures to be taken during flood against diseases

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Climatic changes are so unpredictable and tremendously affecting every part of the world nowadays. India is nowhere different to this situation, that drought and floods are invariably affecting every corner, in which Mumbai flood is unfortunately worsening now. Safeguarding everyone during flooding process itself a great task; however, as a consequence of after effects comes the water borne and vector borne diseases.

Its all known how polluted and contaminated water will become during floods. Diseases like Cholera, Typhoid, Leptospirosis and hepatitis A are some of the common epidemic water borne diseases. Apart from that, other possible ways of infections would be from directed contact of the contaminated water on the open wounds, non intact skin, ear, nose and throat; however, they are not epidemic. Additionally, standing water would also increase the risk of vector borne diseases like malaria, dengue etc.

Some preventive measures has to be taken inorder to minimize these after effects.

  1.  Firstly have to ensure safe drinking water. Free chlorination is one affordable form of  drinking water disinfectant. Other ways to incorporate chlorine into water is by adding liquid sodium hypochlorite, solid calcium hypochlorite or bleaching powder. However, concentration of organic matters in the water differs and chlorination has to be done accordingly. After 30 minutes, the residual concentration of active chlorine in the water should be between 0.2 to 0.5 mg/l is accepted for safer drinking.
  2.  It is recommended to drink boiled water. Eventhough, it is safer form of water at anytime, it has to be focused particularly during outbreaks like floods and droughts.
  3.  Promoting good hygiene practice is extremely important. Already hygiene would be compromised in these times, and if you can’t take steps to improvise it, the condition would go much worse.
  4.  Ensure safety in food preparation as most of them are depend on water. Quality of food hygiene cannot afford to compromise by any mean. Even for cooking it is advisable to use clean and boiled water.
  5.  Have to be very cautious and keen on any bodily changes including mild rise in temperature. Immediate medical intervention has to be carried out for an early diagnosis as it could be because of any epidemic outbreak or atleast out of infection.
  6.  Avoid staying long in the damped places and also on damped dresses. Blooming of micro organisms are evident.
  7.   Proper sanitation and sewage disposal has to given priority as it is more likely act as source of infection to worse the situation.
  8.  Vaccination booster doses are sometimes required and have to open up your mind to accept it.
  9.  During flood recovering period, it is a must to prevent water stagnation, to avoid mosquito blooming.

By making above precautionary steps, it is possible to control the spreading of diseases and prevent one self from harmful attacks.


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