In the aftermath of torrential rains… People are grateful for the rain that we so desperately need. People complain about the ‘bad weather’ that ruined their week-end plans. People (students, who else?!) wish the torrential rains had not stopped to have surprise holidays. And, some others have to deal with health issues. The risk for contracting gastroenteritis is enhanced after such weather conditions. From the 10th and 16th of this month, the Ministry of Health has recorded 662 cases of gastroenteritis in hospitals.
Gastroenteritis is the inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, caused by viruses or bacteria. In some cases, it can also be caused by certain types of protozoa as well. Mostly, the disease is contagious; sharing of personal items with an infected person may cause contamination. Consuming contaminated water is another way of becoming infected with the pathogens. The affected person has to deal with many unpleasant repercussions such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. As a result, the person may suffer from dehydration.
As precautionary measures, one should be cautious to consume healthy food, and adhere to a hygienic mode of life – hand washing is very effective in protecting oneself. Patients suffering from the gastrointestinal infection are advised not to be hasty to take medication to stop the diarrhea. It may be unpleasant and so much of a hassle, but, it is, in fact, a normal reaction of the body to rid itself of the infectious agent; very much the same way fever is a normal reaction to infections.