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PIA Press Release
2006/10/26

DOH issues tips on keeping food, water clean

By Marivic A. Alcober

Tacloban City (26 October) -- It has been found that food and water-borne diseases are illnesses used by any infectious bacteria, viruses and parasites and non-infectious agents like chemicals, animals and plant toxins.

Relative to this, the Department of Health (DOH) Eastern Visayas through its Regional Director Benita Pastor issued tips on how to keep our food safe to eat and our water safe to drink.

According to DOH, some of the common causes of food and water borne diseases are unsafe sources of drinking water, improper disposal of human waste, unhygienic practices like spitting anywhere, blowing or picking the nose, and unsafe food handling like preparation of food intended for street vending.

For health reasons, DOH also advises to separate raw and cooked food; to cook it thoroughly; to keep food at safe temperatures and to make sure that the water used in the preparation of the food is clean.

In cases where there is a suspicion of food borne illness, one is advised to preserve the evidence and immediately seek medical treatment if necessary.

On the other hand, in order to protect water from contamination during handling, transport and storage, DOH advises the consuming public to see to it that water containers are clean and provided with covers, wash said containers after every use, and to avoid hand contact with the water while transporting it. (PIA-8) [top]

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