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Take steps to ensure safety of food, water - health ministry

Published:Thursday | October 25, 2012

DR Marion Bullock DuCasse, the director of emergency disaster management and special services at the Ministry of Health, has appealed to Jamaicans to take precaution to protect their health.

Bullock DuCasse said yesterday that significant attention must be paid to issues such as water storage and food safety.

"There is a risk that water may become contaminated after heavy rainfall that we are expecting. Persons also need to take special care in preparing food," she said.

Bullock DuCasse added: "Persons should ensure that they store at least seven days' supply of water and make it safe by adding bleach or boiling. Food should be prepared in a clean area with safe water."

The Ministry of Health said the water should be boiling for one minute before the fire is turned off. It should then be covered and left to cool.

Formula for adding bleach to water

For 1 litre of water (1 quart)

Add two 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