Health education

The following recommendations are part of the public health message to the public:

1. Hygiene practice: there should be at least 250 g of soap per person per month. Hands should be washed with soap, ashes, or lime before cooking and eating, and after latrine use. Hand-washing should be meticulous.

2. Water use: consumers should know that water can be heavily contaminated even if it looks clear. Drinking water may be made safe by boiling or adding drops of chlorine. Drinking water should be kept in a container with a small opening, holding no more than a 24-hour supply.

3. Food safety, food must be cooked until steaming hot and eaten immediately. Food may be considered safe if refrigerated or kept hot, but it must not be left at room temperature for more than two hours. Safe water (as defined above) must be used, vegetables cooked and fruit peeled - "Cook it, peel it or forget it."

4. Water sources, latrines must be separated from cooking areas and must be kept clean. Stagnant water should be removed and open wells covered. People must avoid washing themselves, their clothes, or cooking utensils with potentially contaminated water such as that from streams, rivers, or water holes.

5. Early treatment. with fever or diarrhea, it is important to get health care within 24 hours.

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