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Ministry issues alert over diseases during rainy season

Pech Sotheary / Khmer Times Share:
Guidelines issued by the Health Ministry. Supplied

The Health Ministry on Saturday issued a list of seven diseases that the public should be wary of during the rainy season which began last week.

Ly Sovann, its Communicable Disease Control Department director, in a statement on Saturday named them as mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria; water-borne diseases including cholera; influenza; fever; dysentery; and also leptospirosis which is spread from the urine of infected mice mostly during floods.

He advised the public to practice good hygiene, destroy mosquito breeding grounds, eat healthy food, especially those rich in Vitamin C, and always bathe after getting soaked in rain.

Mr Sovann also urged people to drink at least two litres of water daily and also consume hot water, soup or milk whenever they could.

“The rainy season is coming, please protect your health well,” he said.

The ministry issued the advice after the Water Resources Ministry said that the effects of the El Nino weather phenomenon is gradually decreasing in the Kingdom.

“The rainy season has already started since the beginning of the third week of May,” the ministry noted.

It added that from today till Saturday, low pressure and the start of the southwest monsoon will bring average-to-moderate levels of rainfall and also cautioned people to be careful during thunderstorms.

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