Health min­istry urges stor­age, treat­ment of wa­ter

Jamaica Gleaner - - ACROSS THE NATION -

THE MIN­ISTRY of Health, in a re­lease to the me­dia yes­ter­day, ad­vised per­sons to store ad­e­quate wa­ter for each fam­ily mem­ber as the coun­try pre­pares for the im­pact of Hur­ri­cane Matthew. “Af­ter heavy rain and flood­ing, wa­ter can be­come con­tam­i­nated, and so per­sons should en­sure that they treat wa­ter for do­mes­tic use to pre­vent dis­eases and main­tain good health,” the re­lease stated.

“Wa­ter should be treated be­fore it is used for drink­ing, wash­ing fruits and veg­eta­bles, mak­ing drinks, pre­par­ing food, wash­ing dishes and uten­sils. Wa­ter can be made safe by treat­ing with household bleach or by boil­ing.”

To make wa­ter safe by bleach­ing, the fol­low­ing is rec­om­mended:

For 1 litre of wa­ter (1 quart), add 2 drops of bleach, mix well and leave for 30 min­utes. For 20 litres of wa­ter (5 US gal­lons), add tea­spoon of bleach, mix well and leave for 30 min­utes. For 170 litres of wa­ter (45 US gal­lons), add 41/2 tea­spoons of bleach, mix well and leave for 30 min­utes. To make wa­ter safe by boil­ing, al­low wa­ter to boil for one minute be­fore re­mov­ing from the fire. Cover and al­low to cool.

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“The Min­istry of Health is re­mind­ing per­sons to take ex­tra pre­cau­tion to pro­tect their health and to lis­ten to ad­vi­sories as we pre­pare for this im­pend­ing hur­ri­cane.” In­di­vid­u­als who wish to ob­tain more in­for­ma­tion may call the Min­istry of Health at 633-8124 or 633-8125 or 537-1709 or 5369125 or the near­est health cen­tre. Per­sons may also visit our web­site at moh.gov.jm and like and fol­low us on www.face­book.com/the­mo­hgovjm; twit­ter.com/the­mo­hgovjm; in­sta­gram.com/the­mo­hgovjm.

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