DOH cautions public on the water they drink

By Analou De Vera

The Department of Health (DOH) advised the public to make sure that the water they are drinking is safe, especially these days when a huge part of the metropolis is reeling from a water shortage.

The DOH said that drinking water from “unsafe sources” can be made safe by boiling the water for two minutes in order to eliminate disease-causing organisms.

Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III checks on a water tank of Manila Water, March 13, 2019, at Rizal Medical Center in Pasig City due to low supply of water around Metro Manila. (KEVIN TRISTAN ESPIRITU / MANILA BULLETIN)
Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III checks on a water tank of Manila Water, March 13, 2019, at Rizal Medical Center in Pasig City due to low supply of water around Metro Manila. (KEVIN TRISTAN ESPIRITU / MANILA BULLETIN)

Another way is to use chlorine tablets, the DOH said.

“Chlorinating water for drinking is an alternative way to make it safe but it may not be effective against some disease-causing organisms, such as those that cause watery diarrhea,” the DOH said.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that it was important to ensure the quality of the drinking water to avoid falling ill.

Duque also added that the public should maintain personal hygiene, as some may be tempted to forego certain habits such as taking a bath and handwashing because of the lack of water.

“In the midst of the water shortage crisis, continue observing personal hygiene to avoid common diseases such as scabies, diarrhea, and other food and waterborne diseases,” said Duque.

“Let us conserve water, adapt to the limited water supply and make sure to prioritize cleanliness and personal health at all times,” he added.

 
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