Flooding, a frequent consequence of Nairobi’s heavy rains, disrupts lives and poses significant health risks. Standing water can become contaminated with sewage, debris, and harmful bacteria, increasing the chance of contracting various diseases.

Nairobi Adventist Hospital urges residents to be aware of these potential health risks and take preventive measures. Here’s a breakdown of common flood-related diseases and how to avoid them:

Waterborne Illnesses:

Several diseases can spread through contaminated water or food, such as diarrhea, cholera, and typhoid fever. These diseases can cause symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration. To prevent them, it’s important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and clean water after coming into contact with floodwater. You should also be careful with your food – make sure to cook it properly, wash fruits and vegetables before eating them, and boil or disinfect your drinking water.

Mosquito-Borne Illnesses:

Stagnant water left behind by the floods is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, which can carry diseases like malaria and dengue fever. To protect yourself, use mosquito nets while you sleep and wear long-sleeved clothing and insect repellent when you’re outside.

Wound Infections:

Open wounds can also become infected when they come into contact with floodwater. Diseases like tetanus and leptospirosis can be present in the contaminated water and cause serious infections. If you have a wound and it gets wet with floodwater, make sure to clean it thoroughly with soap and water. It’s also important to seek medical attention right away, especially if you haven’t had a tetanus shot recently.

Respiratory Illnesses:

Lastly, floods can make the air damp and cold, which can worsen respiratory illnesses like colds and the flu. To prevent getting sick, try to stay warm and dry. Wash your hands frequently and avoid close contact with people who are already sick.

Dr. John Maore,  a medical doctor at Nairobi Adventist Hospital, emphasizes, “While floods are disruptive, taking preventive measures significantly reduces the risk of contracting illnesses. If you experience any symptoms after exposure to floodwater, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention at Nairobi Adventist Hospital. We are committed to providing quality care to our community during this time.”

Nairobi Adventist Hospital wants everyone to stay safe during floods. It’s important to stay informed about the situation, follow evacuation orders if necessary, and prioritize good hygiene practices to protect your health.



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