Un­cov­ered food causes di­ar­rhoea


Di­ar­rhoea is one of the se­vere health re­lated is­sues faced by the whole world. Pak­istan is among top five coun­tries of the world in which di­ar­rhoea has be­come a se­ri­ous threat. In these 5 coun­tries of the world di­ar­rhoea claims more than 350,000 causal­i­ties each year. The in­ten­sity of this disease in­creases in sum­mer as peo­ple use ex­posed food and drinks more fre­quently to quench their thirst.

Ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO), un­safe food con­tain­ing harm­ful bac­te­ria, viruses, par­a­sites or chem­i­cal sub­stance causes more than 200 dis­eases in­clud­ing di­ar­rhoea and can­cer. The sell­ing of un­safe food in­creases in Pak­istan dur­ing sum­mer due to which we see the in­cre­ment in the di­ar­rhoea re­lated cases dur­ing this sea­son. “We of­ten found that sum­mer comes with more cases of di­ar­rhoea as peo­ple don’t care about the food and drinks” said Dr. Sadaquat Hus­sain. Peo­ple should avoid tak­ing ex­posed food and they should stay hy­drated, he added.

Sum­mer has started and Pak­istan is un­der a strong heat wave these days. There are num­ber of hand carts and food out­lets sell­ing the ex­posed food and drinks through­out the coun­try. It is time to take ac­tion against these sellers who are not sell­ing the food but dis­eases. Peo­ple should also be aware of the con­se­quences of us­ing ex­posed food. —Islamabad

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