September 18, 2021

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Healthwise: 5 Ways To Prevent Cholera During Rainy Seasons

Cholera is a bacterial infection that can cause severe diarrhea and dehydration if not detected quickly.

Some of the main symptoms include thirst, muscle cramps, diarrhea, rapid heart rate, and more.

During the rainy seasons, the chances of contracting cholera increase and although it is treatable, if left untreated, patients can die.

As of September 2, 2021, the NCDC recorded a total of 55,145 suspected cases of cholera, including 2,141 deaths in Nigeria.

Here are five ways to prevent cholera especially in the rainy season.

1. Drink clean water

Whether you’re just taking a bath or brushing your teeth, use clean water. To make sure the water is clean enough for use, boil it to kill all germs.

Chlorine tablets or liquid can also be used to purify water.

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2. Wash your hands and face regularly

The pandemic has taught us frequent hand washing which prevents germs. However, the use of soap and clean water is recommended. Before and after cooking, be sure to wash your hands.

Also, wash your hands after using the bathroom. Wash your hands regularly when caring for a sick person.

Disinfectants are also highly recommended but do not use before cooking.

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3. Wash utensils and food ingredients

All kitchen utensils should be washed well with boiled or chlorinated water.

Vegetables, fruits and other food ingredients should be washed and stored in a clean environment.

4. Cook the food properly

In the fight against cholera, it is important to cook food correctly.

Seafood such as fish, crabs, shrimps must be washed and cooked properly.

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This is because cholera bacteria are mainly found in water bodies such as lakes, swamps, and mud pits.

5. Avoid dirty street food

If you have to buy street food like corn, Akara, Moimoi, suya, or others, make sure you get it from a remarkably clean environment.

Watch out for collected bodies of dirty water like gutters, puddles.

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