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Post-Rain Health Watch

30 April , 2024 6 min read

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The benefits of rain are endless ranging from good weather to farming and plantations. However, there are also some side effects to look out for such as the rise in health risks due to weather fluctuations causing the spread of infections.

 

Being aware and proactive about these potential health threats is key to staying safe. Here are some practical tips to help you avoid common post-rainy season diseases:

1. Practice Good Personal Hygiene

Infections and diseases are often spread through contaminated water and food. Ensuring proper hygiene can significantly reduce your risk of these diseases.

- Wash Your Hands: Frequently wash your hands with soap and water, especially after returning home, before eating, after using the restroom, or handling items that could be contaminated.
- Safe Drinking/cooking Water: Always ensure that your drinking water is clean and safe. If in doubt, boil water before drinking.

2. Use Protective Measures Against Insects

Mosquitoes and other insects are more active after the rainy season. Protecting yourself from bites is crucial to staying safe from infections and diseases 

- Use Insect Repellent: Apply repellent on exposed skin and reapply as directed, especially during early morning and late evening when mosquitoes are most active.
- Secure Your Home: Install screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out. Consider using air conditioning or fans, as these can also help deter mosquitoes.
- Avoid going to areas where large number of insects are present such as gardens, parks and lakes

3. Keep Your Environment Clean

Maintaining a clean environment is a crucial and highly effective in remaining healthy as stagnant water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes that can spread diseases.

- Eliminate Stagnant Water: Regularly check and clear any standing water from your surroundings. This includes pots, buckets, drainage areas, pools and gutters.
- Dispose of Garbage Properly: Keep your area free from garbage and organic waste which can collect water or attract pests.


4. Ensure Food Safety

Waterborne diseases can also spread through contaminated food.

- Cook Food Thoroughly: Make sure that all meals, especially meat and fish, are cooked well.
- Wash Fruits and Vegetables: Clean all produce with clean water, and use a vegetable disinfectant when possible.

5. Vaccination and Health Check-ups

Stay up-to-date with vaccinations, and immediately consult your doctor if you experience the below symptoms:

Most common symptoms to watch out for:

•    High-grade fever or chills
•    Nausea and vomiting
•    Diarrhea
•    Abdominal pain and tenderness

Additional possible symptoms:
•    Rash, bruises or red spots on the skin
•    Sore throat
•    Red eyes
•    Severe body pain in joints or muscles
•    Loss of appetite
•    Nosebleed
•    Fatigue or feelings of discomfort

 

Taking the right precautions will keep you safe from the aftermath of rains or storms. By maintaining cleanliness, practicing good hygiene, using protective measures against insects, and ensuring food safety, you can enjoy the beauty left behind after the rain and remain worry-free.

 

If you have any questions, concerns or are feeling any of the above-mentioned symptoms. We recommend you utilize the Teleconsultation service available through MyGIG app.
 

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