Saturday, August 30, 2008

Monsoon not welcome in city

Monsoon not welcome in city

ENS
19 Aug 2008 12:36:00 PM IST

BANGALORE: As Bangalore welcomes the monsoons after a hot dry summer, its residents face huge hospital bills. Various diseases like jaundice, diarrhoea, cholera and gastro-related problems such as indigestion, acidity and gastric disturbances are very common.

It is imperative to take a few precautions to keep ourselves safe.

Suggesting some do's and dont's, Dr Sheela Chakarvarthy, physician,Wockhardt Hospital, said: "Precautionary measures should always be taken so as to fully avoid the diseases.Wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly and store them in potassium permagnate that is diluted in water.

Eat in moderation, as the body finds it harder to digest food during the monsoon. Avoid consuming roadside food as they are high in germs. Finally, drink boiled or filtered water only."

She also said: "Vegetables should be cooked thoroughly and steamed in order to kill the germ content. It is better to avoid spicy and fried food. Water should not be stored in one place as it becomes the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Taking preventive vaccines also helps in keeping water-borne diseases at bay."

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