KARACHI: Health experts have warned the public to drink water for at least 10 minutes during the monsoon season to prevent diseases such as diarrhea, gastroenteritis, and hepatitis.
The warning was issued after the United States' leading national health institute, Atlanta, has published a statement for Pakistan
On Saturday, the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA ) the public to protect themselves during the monsoon season from diseases that spread through contaminated water.
People should use cooking or mineral water to prevent waterborne diseases, read the statement PMA experts said water-borne diseases spread by drinking contaminated water.
They said that three million people in Pakistan are suffering from waterborne illness such as B. typhoid fever, hepatitis A and E and cholera, adding that about 250,000 children under the age of five die each year due to water borne diseases.
The CDC had issued a health alert for Pakistan to warn people of a progressive outbreak of "extensively drug-resistant" typhoid that is unresponsive to most antibiotics. The institute has called on the public to pay special attention to food and water and to have vaccinated against typhoid fever.
The PMA advises people to clean their hands and safe food and water exercises and says that they should refrain from bazaars and alcohol consumption and drinks with ice of unknown purity.
"We emphasize that the government is including typhoid in its vaccine program and offering people free vaccinations in all public health facilities."