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    How to protect yourself during a flood?

    As our country faces a flood situation, it is important to follow these health guidelines to protect yourself and your family.

    Therefore, the Health Promotion Bureau says to read this information posted and share it with others in order to make people aware.

    👉 What to do:

    • Drink only safe water: Use boiled water or bottled water that has been boiled for at least 1 minute to avoid waterborne diseases.
    • Minimize the use of water from flooded wells as much as possible.
    • Stay informed: Stay up to date with local news and weather forecasts.
    • Destruction of mosquito breeding sites: Flood water can increase mosquito breeding. Therefore, identify places where water may have collected around your home and remove them.
    • Wear protective clothing: Try to wear rubber boots and gloves whenever possible to prevent infections such as leptospirosis or rat flu when wading through floodwaters.
    • Store food safely: To prevent food contamination, store food in areas that are not subject to flooding or store food in water-tight containers.
    • Wash your hands: Always wash your hands with soap, especially before eating or preparing food.
    • Seek medical advice: If you or a family member shows symptoms of illness, go to the nearest government hospital.

    👉 What not to do:

    • Avoid flood water as much as possible: Do not walk or swim in flood water. It can contain harmful bacteria and debris that can cause injury.
    • Don’t eat flood-damaged food: Dispose vegetables from flooded areas and throw away flooded food.
    • Avoid exposure of children to flooding as much as possible: Keep children and pets away from contaminated water to prevent illness.
    • Don’t ignore the symptoms: If you feel sick, don’t delay in seeking medical attention.
    • Avoid using dirty water: Do not use flood water for drinking, cooking or bathing.

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