Public cautioned against monsoon diseases

People urged to ensure proper oral, internal and external hygiene.

APP July 26, 2021
Commuters wearing face-masks ride on a bike. PHOTO: AFP


The District Health Authority (DHA) has urged people to ensure proper oral, internal and external hygiene to keep diseases at bay.

DHA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Faiza Kanwal appealed to the public on Sunday to be careful as the body’s immunity is reduced during monsoon, making it vulnerable to many diseases commonly associated with this season.

Speaking to the media, she stated that diseases associated with monsoon include malaria, jaundice and gastrointestinal infections like typhoid and cholera.

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She added that stagnant water becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes and causes the spreading of diseases like malaria and dengue fever.

Dr Faiza advised using a mosquito net or mosquito repellants like mats and coils. She also cautioned people to avoid walking in dirty water during the rainy season, adding this may lead to numerous fungal infections, which affect toes and nails. The CEO asked diabetic patients to take care of their feet and keep them dry.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 26th, 2021.


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