President of the Quik Medical Consult, Benson Owusu Atuahene is advising Ghanaians to be mindful of the food and water they consume especially during the festive season to prevent Typhoid.
He explained that Typhoid is a bacterial infection that is caused by the bacteria Salmonella typhi which is often passed on through contaminated food and drinking water, and it is more prevalent in places where handwashing is less frequent.
He thus said that during this festive season, Ghanaians should exercise extra caution when they want to make food or water purchases.
“Be conscious of your health, when you buy something and you can’t get something to wash it wait and get to a good place. The reality is that you cannot trace them, be careful where you buy your food. Look at the person from head to toe before you buy. Also buy your water from trusted brands. This can save you a lot.” he said.
Speaking to host of the Good Health Show Jennifer Esi Aniwa, Benson Owusu Atuahene further advised Ghanaians to avoid purchasing drugs from unauthorized places.
“…don’t be in a hurry to just go anywhere and buy medication. Sometimes you are the reason why there is something we call Multiple Drug Resistance. That means the germs that cause various disease are now getting used to the drugs we give to patients and it does not kill them. If you keep buying these medications you will end up killing yourself” he said.
Typhoid fever also known as enteric fever is defined by World Health Organization as a life-threatening infection which usually comes with symptoms like fever, Headache, Weakness and fatigue, Muscle aches, Abdominal pain, Diarrhea or constipation, red rose Rash.
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