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Ministry of Health notes increase in cases of diarrhea

Posted: Wednesday, December 27, 2017. 4:12 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Ministry of Health informed today that it has noted an increase in the number of gastroenteritis cases nationally. Individuals have been observed with symptoms ranging from diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and fever.

 The increase in cases is primarily observed in individuals who are older than 5 years, however, some cases have been reported in children younger than four.

The Ministry has increased its surveillance activity at all district levels and is assisting in promoting best practices to prevent and reduce further spread of the illness.

The Ministry would like to advise the public of proper handwashing etiquette to reduce the spread of infections.

How to wash your hands:

1. Wet hands with clean, running water, turn off tap and then apply soap,

2. Lather for 15 to 30 seconds,

3. Make sure to wash the backs of hands, under fingernails and between fingers,

4. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds,

4. Rinse hands thoroughly under clean, running water, and

5. Dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry them.

The Ministry advises that persons should wash their hands before and after preparing and eating food, after bathroom use, when handling garbage, after touching soiled areas or vomit, and also before and after caring for someone who is sick.

The public is advised to visit the nearest health center if you or your child are showing symptoms of gastroenteritis.

Immediate attention should be given to anyone, especially children, whose symptoms are worsening.

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