The heavy rains last week have affected the province seriously it has displaced families, damaged the infrastructure and maimed the populace, now victims of the flood are vulnerable to water-born diseases because of unclean environment, they are in threat of harmful micro-organisms that thrive in dirty water as well.
Flooding is associated with an increased risk of infection; the major risk factor for outbreaks associated with flooding is the contamination of drinking-water facilities and because of the flood clean water is hard to come by but the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte is doing their best to minimize and as much as possible prevent such diseases to spread
With the risk of acquiring these diseases due to inevitable dirty lifestyle that was caused by the floods the Provincial Health Office took action to distribute thirty Hygiene Kits to the evacuees and two wheelchairs. Dr. Melania Abad-Untao, PHO-II organized the activity which was held in Poblacion Central Elementary School Covered Court.
It is advised that the victims should vigorously boil water for one minute as it can kill most microorganisms, avoid flies by disposing animal and organic wastes properly, eat cooked and warm foods, always keep foods and beverages closed and practice proper hygiene.
The activity was fully supported by the PGLDN with the help of Municipal Risk Reduction Management Office staff and the Department of Social Welfare and Development along with other LGUs.
For any health concerns the populace is urged to listen to DXNE 94.3 MHz Radyo Kalambuan programs, it is a community radio station owned and operated by the national nutrition council to promote good health, correct and timely nutrition.
As long as keeping proper hygiene and sanitary habits acquiring diseases after floods will be less likely to happen, the provincial government is always ready to help anyone in need, and always remember that prevention is better than cure and it’s cheaper as well. PIO-LDN