Guwahati: As the second wave of the flood has claimed the lives of 2 more persons taking the death toll to 69 on July 23rd, 2019, battling with the deluge has been a daunting task. The aftereffects, however, have the potential of transmitting contagious diseases like typhoid fever, malaria, dengue, jaundice and so on.
To avoid the transmission of any epidemic threat, the state National Health Mission(NHM) has a list of advisories for the people to follow.
Here are some important Do’s and Don’ts issued by the NHM:
- Eat freshly cooked food or dry fruits after washing your hands properly.
- Use only boiled or chlorinated water.
- Use mosquito nets while sleeping.
- Keep your surroundings clean, including drinking water sources such as wells.
- Beware of electrical poles and wires.
- In case of loose motion, immediately contact health workers for ORS and Zinc. Also, if there is a fever, contact for medication and investigation.
- Do not eat food that has been in contact with floodwater.
- Do not let children play in floodwater.
- If the water pipes or sewers are broken then don’t use taps.
- Do not use broken electrical switches as it can be fatal.
It may be mentioned here that although the floodwaters have receded in parts of the state the floodwaters have continued to wreak havoc in 59 revenue circles of 18 number of districts viz. Dhemaji, Biswanath, Darrang, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (M), Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat and Cachar.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma visited relief camps and flood-affected areas in Goalpara and Morigaon districts and interacted with the flood-affected people.
As per the latest reports, the water flow at the river Brahmputra has exceeded the warning level of 35.27 meters and is below the danger level of 36.27 meters. However, it is expected to rise to 36.22 meters on July 25th, 2019.