The monsoon arrived in the city with a bang. Mumbai witnessed its first spell of monsoon on Saturday. And as far as the condition of the roads was concerned, the visuals were pretty much the same as every year. The roads were waterlogged, and yet again the claims of BMC were washed away. Many Mumbaikars had to wade through waterlogged streets and come in contact with contaminated water.
One must take due precautions while making your way through waterlogged streets in Mumbai. Diseases like leptospirosis can spread through this dirty water.
To make sure that no Mumbaikar falls ill, the BMC suggested a few remedies for those who waded through the water on Saturday.
Precautions suggested by the BMC:
For those who waded through the water only once and do not have any injury on the body, people should consume Doxycycline (200 MG) tablet within 24 to 72 hours of coming in contact with the water.
For those who come in contact with the water, or have an injury on the body, or have drunk contaminated water. Then you must consume Doxycycline (200 MG), one capsule for three days.
Pregnant women and medium threat
If you have waded through the dirty water, or have an injury on the body, or do not have an injury, and have swallowed contaminated water, then you must consume Azithromycin (500 MG) within 24 to 72 hours of contact with water.
And people with medium threat must take Azithromycin (500 MG), one capsule for three days.
Children below eight years of age
If the children have come in contact with the contaminated water, then parents should give them Azithromycin syrup (200 Mg) or one tablet of Azithromycin (250 Mg) in case of less threat.
And, in case of a medium threat, children must be given Azithromycin syrup (200 Mg), or Azithromycin (250 Mg) one tablet for three days.
Maximum threat group
Those who have come in contact with contaminated water for more than one time, especially the people living in the city, where rodents are likely to be found dead in the water, and civic administration staff, they should consume Doxycycline (200 MG) capsule, one capsule every day for six weeks.
MCGM has prepared SOP for medication for people who have walked through flooded waters
If you have crossed flooded water only once & don’t have any open wound then it is low risk & capsule doxycycline 200 mg to be taken in 24-72 hours
Know ur risk b4 medication @DisasterMgmtMum pic.twitter.com/HHE8Xh7IBt
— Nidhi Choudhari (@nidhichoudhari) June 10, 2018
Other health precautions to be taken
- Wash your feet with extra care, use plenty of soap and dry fully.
- People with foot ulcers/wounds/diabetic foot infections/shoe bites that walked through flooded waters to see their doctors even on slight fever.
- Those facing exhaustion and muscle cramps should take maximum rest and warm fluids. Don’t rush to work.
Please watch the water you drink post-rains. Drinking boiled water is the best.
- Keep your skin, especially skin folds dry.
Consult your general physician before taking these medications, self-medication is not encouraged.