Rains may spread contagious diseases
Health Ministry warns:
The Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry has warned the public to be
vigilant as the rainy weather may lead to the spread of contagious
diseases in many parts of the country.
"We urge people to take care of their health and pay attention to
food and drinking water," a Health Ministry spokesman told the Sunday
He said the heavy downpour in many parts of the country, specially in
Colombo has brought most of the low lands under water and this could
lead to the spread of contagious diseases such as diarrhoea, as water
could be contaminated.
'Dengue and chikungunya may raise their ugly heads again due to the
prevailing weather conditions, the spokesman said. The spokesman said
the Ministry calls upon people to drink boiled water to prevent health
hazards. The public is also advised to consume properly cooked meals.
The Ministry has instructed health officials at district level to be
extra vigilant these days.