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Ministry of Health issues advisory on contaminated water

Posted: Friday, August 5, 2016. 12:20 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: This morning, the Ministry of Health issued a press released advising the general publicBelize_ministry_of_health_seal that all community and regional hospitals countrywide including the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital have resumed regular services.

In sight of the torrential rains and flooding in different parts of the country, the Ministry of Health has included safety tips on how to treat contaminated waters.

In order to avoid becoming ill, all households whose drinking water may be affected are asked to treat their water to make it safe by:

  1. Adding 1 tablespoon of clorox to five gallons of water, mix completely and leave to stand for 30 minutes before using.  DO NOT use bleach that have perfumes.
  2. Boil water at a rolling boil for one minute.
  3. Add water purification tablets according to directions on the package.
  4. Report any leaks in pipe lines to Belize Water Services.

It is also highly recommended that for persons in the rural areas that experienced flooding and use well water to also treat their water as it may not be safe to drink.  Water that is dark, has an odor, or has floating piecesSHOULD NOT be used and should be disinfected.

The public is advised that the Ministry of Health continues to monitor the flooding situation to ensure all persons remain safe during this time.

The Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin is grateful to the health staff who worked in and around the health facilities before, during and immediately after the emergency to ensure as little interruption as possible as they continue to provide service to the public.

For more information, please contact your nearest health facility, the Ministry of Health at 822-2325, 822-0809 or their hotline number if necessary at 629-5604.


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