Some people still don't understand the continuous advancement of technology. For some, the advent of technology only served to confuse people, especially the older ones. If you think about it, though, it has done a lot to make life easier. For instance, technology has made it so much easier for people who need medical opinion and the likes to get constant coverage through their gadgets and smartphones.
Thanks to apps you can install in your smartphone or tablet, you can set a doctor appointment online no matter where you are so you can have instant answers to health questions bothering you; for your peace of mind. Such app could come in handy in case you suddenly become worried about communicable diseases such as cholera.
Of course, it is very unlikely that you will need effective control of communicable diseases such as cholera if you are not in areas known for it being an epidemic. However, even if you are, there are simple preventive measures you can take so you will not contract the disease. Whether you are just visiting or planning to live in locations that may be prone to cholera, it's important that you become aware of all the important facts beforehand because it is essential for your survival. No, you don't need to become a doctor to protect yourself. Nevertheless, a little knowledge could go a long way.
Definition and Mode of Transmission
This is an acute diarrheal illness wherein your intestine gets infected with the Vibrio Cholerae, a form of bacteria. It is usually mild and asymptomatic, but in severe cases can be downright fatal. Some of the symptoms include profuse diarrhea and vomiting, and painful leg cramps. Patients having this will have rapid body fluid loss leading to dehydration, and later on, shock. Left untreated, the person can die in a span of few hours.
The bacteria are spread through the feces of infected individuals and when this goes into the water being used for drinking or food preparation.
Immediate Steps to take if you Suspect you or a Family Member has acquired Cholera:
• Take oral rehydration solution.
• Go to the nearest hospital and continuously drink the ORS while you are on your way.
• Continue breastfeeding your infant if he is still suffering from watery diarrhea. Continue doing this even while in transit to the nearest health care facility.
Preventive Measures you can do for the Control of Communicable Diseases like Cholera:
Ensure water Safety
When drinking from bottled waters and canned beverages, make sure that the seal is intact and disregard when broken. pare food must always be clean as well, scrub with soap and water and allow it to dry completely before resuming work. Allow your water to boil for a full minute before removing it from the heat. Water treatment products are also available locally so make sure you read and follow the instructions well.
Wash your Hands Frequently and Thoroughly
Do this before eating or preparing meals, when you are feeding your kids, after using the toilet, after cleaning your kid upon defecating, or when you are taking care of someone that has acquired diarrhea.
Poverty, lack of resources, or inadequate knowledge must not be made as reasons for unnecessary deaths caused by cholera. Control of communicable diseases such as this can be achieved if each and every one takes on the responsibility of fighting for their health and well-being.