Tegucigalpa, Honduras.- Water is an essential element for life, as it is part of the human body, carrying out vital functions ranging from the production of saliva to the use of nutrients by the body to the elimination of waste.
Although pollution This vital fluid and its poor sanitation can be harmful to health as it contributes to the transmission of diseases such as cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, poliomyelitis and other diarrheal diseases.
According to World Health Organization (WHO) data, it is estimated that approximately one million people die every year from diseases resulting from unsafe water.
That is why El Heraldo brings you tips that can help prevent these diseases and maintain personal hygiene at home.
Epidemiologist, Carlos Rivera, recommends that “you should always take care to wash your hands and wear shoes to avoid leptospirosis, a disease that arises mainly after heavy rains.”
Similarly, he advised washing fruits and vegetables thoroughly with clean water, saying, “Whatever the food is, one should ensure that it is thoroughly cooked.”
The interviewee noted that the best option to purify drinking water is to boil it “or add a few drops of chlorine with specifications per liter of water.”
On the other hand, he suggested that to reduce the risk of diseases like dengue and chikungunya, “it is necessary to use metal mesh on windows, keep doors closed and eliminate any potential breeding ground for mosquitoes in the vicinity.” House and Colony”
The expert said it’s a task for the entire community to work together “because it’s no use if your house is clean and your neighbor’s house is very dirty.”
Regarding the security of For respiratory illnesses, Rivera advised wearing good clothing, shoes and not exposing yourself to rain.
If they show any symptoms, people should seek timely care at the nearest health center in their community.
The diseases which develop more during the rainy season in the country include respiratory diseases like leptospirosis, common flu, pneumonia, conjunctivitis, chickenpox, diarrhea.
The populations most vulnerable to these diseases are children under five years of age and older adults, so they should be taken care of.
According to the latest report from the spokesperson of medical SchoolThe recent rains have led to a slight increase in dengue and respiratory illness patients, Norles said, which is why he recommended following the hygiene habits recommended by the health ministry.