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Take care with food and water after power outage

The health ministry is advising precautions when dealing with food and water as the country faces electricity and water outages. The Minister of Health, Jone Usamate said frozen food items must be scrutinized properly before consummation and even purchase to avoid food related illnesses. The regulatory authorities will be closely monitoring supermarkets, eateries and other […]

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February 23, 2016 3:17 pm

The health ministry is advising precautions when dealing with food and water as the country faces electricity and water outages.

The Minister of Health, Jone Usamate said frozen food items must be scrutinized properly before consummation and even purchase to avoid food related illnesses.

The regulatory authorities will be closely monitoring supermarkets, eateries and other outlets over the week

Mr Usamate repeated that all drinking and cooking water must be boiled particularly with possible water supply disruptions and flash flooding that could cause water contamination.

Boiling water prior to consumption is important as this will decrease the chances of contracting water borne diseases. ( Typhoid, cholera, leptospirosis and hepatitis A).

He also advised the public to store safely food and that leftover food that has been spoiled should be discarded and not consumed.

It is also important to practice proper hygiene such as hand washing with soap and water after using the washroom and before handling food

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health & Medical Services is reminding the public to take necessary precautions and preventive measures towards safeguarding their health.

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