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Doctors warn against waterborne diseases in summer

April 13, 2016
 
Doctors warn against waterborne diseases in summer

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ISLAMABAD: With the ongoing rise in mercury, doctors in Pakistan have voiced concerns for the diseases that spread during summer, especially among children.

Dr Mohsin Butt, a general physician from Islamabad, said the most common types of illnesses associated with increasing temperatures are vomiting and diarrhea. Poor hygiene and sanitary conditions, including consuming impure drinking water and unhygienic food, are two of the biggest contributory factors that cause water-borne diseases to spread, he said.

“Pre-cut fruit sold on stalls and push carts under unhygienic conditions lead to food-poisoning, especially among children,” he said, adding children also consume impure drinking water, leading to diarrhea and other waterborne diseases.

“It is best children eat home-cooked meals. Parents should have their children wash hands before every meal, and maintain a high standard of hygiene in general,” Dr Javed Iqbal Sheikh, a child specialist, said.

Doctors advised a few precautionary measures can be taken to avoid falling ill during summer.

These include drinking plenty of boiled water, saying no to raw food or substandard food sold openly in bazaars or under unhygienic conditions, properly disposing of leftovers, and washing hands before every meal and after going to the washroom. SAMAA/ APP

 
 
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