KARACHI: The current spell of monsoon showers has neutralized the intensity of summers and associated health conditions yet exposed the vulnerability of Karachiites to ailments ranging from diarrhea, dysentery, cholera to hepatitis.
Doctors talking to APP Tuesday urged citizens to be extremely careful with specific reference to consumption as well as application of water.
“As a rule of thumb, I would urge people to develop a strong culture of hand-washing each and every time before eating anything and after being relieved,” said Dr. Zafar Ahmed a GP running his clinic in Gulshan e Iqbal.
Following this very principle, he said people as a general principle need to use adequately treated water particularly for drinking purpose as contaminated water that may even otherwise appear to be clean is the major triggering factor for varied water borne infections.
He mentioned that number of people complaining with diarrhea has increased during past few days and therefore it was necessary that precautions are taken to avoid any major outbreak.
Dr. Salma Khaliq said pregnant women must be extremely careful in this regard as are vulnerable to Hepatitis E that if not adequately handled may lead to morbidity.
The two doctors responding to a query said application of tap water for washing eyes can also be a risk water for eye infections too, specifically if the water is even a little murky or smelly.
Dr. Anjum Ansar said the bottled water may not need to be boiled or treated in any other form, however, since the market is flooded with fake mineral water therefore people ought to be cautious about the quality.
Meanwhile, Karachiites have taken exception to the recent digging of different well built roads by the authorities in face of fast approaching monsoons.
“It is an oft repeated experience that work initiated under pretext of road repair often lead to burst of pipes used for potable water supply that may not only cause water shortage but also mingling of water supply lines with sanitary lines,” said Hamid Raza.
Dr. Anjum Ansar referring to health risks associated with rainy season urged people also to be cautious in food consumption.
“It must be well understood that over ripe fruits and stale food can lead to infections,” said the senior family physician.
The doctors said vegetable and fruits that are otherwise advised to be taken skinned and in raw form must not only be adequately washed but also preferably left for a while in clean, salty water.
As for cooked food they said all prepared dishes must beadequately heated immediately before being served for consumption.