How to Prevent and Control Bacillary Dysentery
Bacillary dysentery, is a potentially dangerous and extremely contagious bacterial infection. It infects your colon. Yes, YOUR COLON and it is also known as shigellosis.
Symptoms develop after an incubation period of one to four days and generally subside within 10 days.
Therefore, prevention depends on stopping the oral transmission cycle. That is a responsibility each and everyone of us should take or MUST take! Prevention is better than cure.
Whenever there’s an outbreak of bacillary dysentery or other diarrhoea disease like cholera, check the water supply and find out whether there’s a localized pattern in the spread of disease.
Direct your action to possible causes and enhance health education on preparation of ORS, use of safe/quality water, use of safe food, washing on hands, proper disposal of faeces and wastes.
However, in case of endemic bacillary dysentery, give health education.Teach on the use of latrines, safe water, safe food, refuse disposal and personal hygiene.
Actually, these are part and parcel of primary health care.
Stress the importance of longer breastfeeding in mothers. Children need enough nutrients from their mother’s breasts for their growth and development.
To meet committee in charge of local market in order to improve sanitation. Markets are our food sources therefore, we need to frequently be on the look.
Also attend villages development committee meetings. Thereby, stress the importance of improvement of water supply with protected wells and piped water.
In addition, the water pipes should be plastic one since metal ones rust. This may directly impose some other health hazards to the community.
…and by the way, do you know the sources of water contamination?