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Ministry issues alert for 7 diseases during rainy season

If the rain comes, can diseases be far behind? It is a known fact that the rainy season triggers a variety of water borne diseases and floods. The Ministry of Health has warned of seven infectious diseases at the start of the rainy season which will begin on May 15.

Ly Sovann, director of the Department of Infectious Diseases of the Ministry of Health and spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, said on Tuesday evening that these seven common diseases include dengue fever, malaria, influenza, typhoid fever, diseases of waterborne and cholera. He also warned that leprosy transmitted through rat urine can cause kidney damage, liver damage, meningitis and respiratory problems.

Sovann advised people to drink hot water or soup immediately after walking or traveling in the rain. He suggested people have pumpkin, ripe papaya, ripe bananas, oranges and vegetables rich in vitamin C to boost their immune system and protect against infectious diseases.

He added that people with the flu should wear a face mask when coughing or sneezing and drink at least two liters of water a day, and should not wait until they are thirsty. He also urged them to wash their hands often with soap and water to prevent the spread of the disease to family members.

“I would like to advise people to continue to wear masks in gatherings and closed places and to wash their hands frequently with soap and water to prevent Covid-19 even if no new cases of Covid infection -19 has not been reported in Cambodia for some time,” he said.

Mam Bun Heng, Minister of Health, had previously advised people to approach the nearest health center or referral hospital to receive timely medical care if they have health problems such as a fever above 38 degrees, a sore throat and a dry cough.

Chan Thavy, the community representative of Prek Ta Kong III village, Chak Angre Loeu commune, Meanchey district, said yesterday that floods have been wreaking havoc in her village for the past 6-7 years. Residents and children of the village are affected by water, foot, dengue and scabies.

“I am very worried about the health of my children because in my village, every time it rains, people’s houses are flooded,” she said.

She added that in the past, authorities used to distribute drugs for infectious diseases like malaria to the community of Prek Ta Kong III during floods. However, she complained that over the past few years authorities seem to have forgotten about this.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology announced that the year’s rainy season would begin on May 15.

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