Authorities issue advisory to save people from waterborne diseases
SRINAGAR: The continuous dry spell and humid weather have led the state health authorities to issue a health advisory for people to save them from water borne diseases.
The public health experts today stated that the heat wave can cause led to the growth of bacterial contamination and there is every possibility of water borne diseases.
Boiling Water Recommended
As per Epidemiologists, it is strongly advised that people should bring tap water to a rolling boil for nearly one minute before consumption.
“The hot weather can cause contamination of water due to increasing growth of bacteria. It may put people at risk,” Dr SM Kadri, state surveillance officer, Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP) at Directorate of Health Services told Kashmir Reader.
“So people should boil water before consumption. This precautionary measure should be taken everywhere especially in those areas where water levels are high. This should continue at least until the water is tested for bacteria,” he said
Foods Affected by Water logging
The health authorities are advising all residents especially for those who live near water bodies to take caution in consuming foods that may have been in contact with water. The stagnant water may carry silt, raw sewage, oil or chemical waste.
“Thoroughly inspect all food items and discard any food that has been contaminated by polluted rain water. If you are in doubt about the safety of any food, throw it out rather than risk illness or disease,” Dr Kadri said.
Dr Rehana Kaunsar, an Epidemiologist at the Health Department said the heat often increases the turbidity of water.
“Fertilizers, yard debris, and animal waste can all contribute to contamination with heavy loads of nitrogen, phosphorus, and of coliform bacteria through organic material. This may lead to serious illnesses and apprehensions are high in hot and humid weather,” she said.
“To prevent disease proper precautions should be taken including proper boiling of drinking water, hand wash and chlorination of drinking water sources, she said.
“We should also take care of sanitation of our surroundings. The sources of this runoff are numerous – storm drains that reduce flooding on roads and private properties, cracks in sewer lines, improperly maintained septic tanks, lawn fertilizers, grass clippings and leaves, and waterfront properties with landscaping that encourages runoff are all problematic. Such issues should be solved immediately to save from spreading disease,” Dr Rehana said.