Tips to avoid water borne diseases......Water-borne diseases are caused by a variety of microorganisms, bacteria, and toxic contaminants, which can lead to distressing illnesses
- by Aruna-Sriram
- Oct 05, 2019 11:59
Water-borne diseases are caused by a variety of microorganisms, bacteria, and toxic contaminants, which can lead to distressing illnesses like cholera, malaria, dengue, gastroenteritis, typhoid, and leptospirosis. When a climatic change increases the severity and frequency of a precipitation event like rainfall or snowfall, the disease burden from water-borne diseases rises swiftly.
Climate change and monsoon are likely to increase incidences of viral fever, gastroenteritis and other water-borne diseases. This is because stagnant monsoon water is a playground for disease-causing microorganisms and drinking water supply can get compromised due to stagnant rainwater. To maintain good health during monsoon, I always urge people to take adequate measures to safeguard their drinking water and to avoid eating at unhygienic restaurants and roadside vendors.
Here are some precautionary measures according to the doctor's prescription
Focus on personal hygiene – Washing hands before eating and after using the restroom, whether at home or away, is the safest way to keep germs from entering your body. Avoid touching your nose or eyes when riding on public transport and cover your mouth if you have to cough or sneeze.
Drink water from safe sources – Contaminated and untreated drinking water is the biggest culprit to spread diseases, please ensure you drink water from reliable sources only. Buy water bottles from reputed companies who follow strict purification procedures and conduct thorough quality tests. Reputed and quality conscious companies follow a multi-step water purification process and subject their water to over 100 quality tests to ensure you get purity in every drop. Do not buy Unbranded water even it says 100% safe.
Boiling water is also not enough – Boiling water is considered as the gold standard of water purification. Even though it kills bacteria and other harmful microorganisms,
It does not remove other inorganic and dissolved components. Moreover, loosely covering the water vessel and dipping a glass directly into it can invite other airborne bacteria defeating the whole purpose of boiling the water in the first place.
Avoid street food – Street food like Onion Pakora or Cutting Chai looks on the street cart, avoid street food at all costs. To quench these enticing cravings, prepare such items accepting clean and purified water. It is always a good idea to eat fresh home-cooked meals, avoid eating raw food, and consuming plenty of water. Also, have plenty of fruits, vegetables, and nuts as they boost your immunity during the rainy season.
Fix plumbing leakages at home – A leaking roof or a wet wall can be a breeding ground for disease-causing bacteria and fungus. Also, check for leaks in the main water pipeline that provides drinking water to apartment septic tanks. Immediately repair any leakages to avoid contamination of safe drinking water. Look out for water stagnation at home in the receptacles of A/C, coolers, indoor plants, and overhead tanks. Designate one day a week as a ‘dry day’ where all such receptacles are drained off and cleaned.
Monitor the color and odour of water – If you suspect the color of your tap water has changed, then immediately inform your local authorities so that they can check where the contamination is happening. If any contamination is confirmed, then drink only packaged drinking water for few days till the tank is completely cleaned. Heavy rainfall and the accompanying flood pose a huge threat to the health of the community. To ensure your health and Well- Being, eat a healthy diet and avoid going into flood-affected areas. Drink safe and clean water from reputed companies and consult a doctor immediately if you feel sick.