Health ministry urges storage, treatment of water
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 1/2 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.
"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 536-9125 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.