GUYANA: Public Health Advisory for Rainy Season Floods

Flooded Street in Guyana

In light of the increased rainfall and the flng in flood prone areas and there is flooding, stay out of the water as much as possible, as it can ooding in coastal and outlying areas, the Ministry of Health is advising the general public to pay special attention to their health, personal hygiene, vector control, food and water safety, and public health during this COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ministry of Health advises that:           

  • If you are livigreatly reduce your chances of contracting diseases, such as skin infections, leptospirosis, diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases. Direct contact with flood waters can expose you to several germs that can lead to any of these diseases. Keep children out of the water, as they are most at risk of contracting these diseases.
  • Avoid swimming in flooded canals and trenches. During the rainy season and floods, the water in these waterways becomes contaminated and can make you sick.
  • If you must venture into any area with flood waters, use protective gear, such as long boots, gloves and eye protection. Apply vaseline or oil to your skin, as it forms a barrier and provides some protection from the dirty water. Upon your return home, prepare a foot bath of half a cup of bleach to one bucket of water and wash your feet before entering the house.
  • During rainfall you may notice an increase in mosquitoes. Protect yourself and family against mosquitoes by sleeping under mosquito nets. You can also use mosquito repellents and coils when necessary. Ensure that all water stored in containers around your homes is covered to reduce the breeding sites for mosquitoes. Remember, the mosquito that spreads Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya virus breeds in fresh still water (especially rain water) around your home.
  • Use safe water for drinking, cooking, brushing your teeth, making ice and beverages. Safe water is water that is treated with chlorine bleach (add half teaspoon to every five-gallon bucket of water, cover and let the water stand for 30 minutes before using ) or water boiled for at least five minutes. After boiling, leave to cool and store in a covered container or sealed bottled water.
  • Keep food supplies away from contact with any flood water. Flood water can contaminate food supplies including dry groceries, vegetables, fruits, cooked foods and beverages.
  • Discard all foods that have been in contact with flood waters safely by placing in a plastic bag and deposit in covered or closed bin.
  • Wash all fruits and vegetables with treated safe water and peel before eating. Remember to keep all food items and drinking water in covered containers.
  • Cook food thoroughly and consume cooked meals within two hours of preparation. Store all remaining food safely in a refrigerator and reheat thoroughly before consuming.
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and safe water or use hand sanitizers, especially before eating meals, after going to the toilet or latrine, and cleaning children or handling animals and contaminated materials.
  • Use the safe toilets or latrines to defaecate and dispose of baby’s diapers in your covered bins. Do not mess or let faeces get into the flood waters, drains or trenches.
  • Secure all household waste and other garbage in plastic bags and store in bins until these are properly removed to approved landfill sites. Keep garbage bins covered to prevent pests such as mosquitoes, flies, rats and roaches from entering. Do not dump garbage in drains, trenches, canals and illegal dumping areas around your community.
  • Watch out for animals coming into your homes. Rats, roaches, snakes, centipedes and other pests that have been flooded out of their homes may seek shelter in yours. Keep doors and windows closed or screened to prevent them from entering your homes.
  • Turn off the main electrical switch and unplug all appliances and move them to safe areas of your homes if your home is under water. If you suspect electrical wiring damage in your home, turn off the main and have it checked by a qualified person before turning on back the power.
  • Secure all important equipment, supplies, medicines, clothing and other items in safe spaces in your homes. Place important documents and valuables in plastic and store them in a safe place.
  • Remember to continue to observe the COVID-19 guidelines by practicing social distancing and good hand hygiene, wearing a mask when out in public, and reporting promptly any illness to your nearest health facility.
  • If you or any family member experience any fever, coughing, vomiting, diarrhoea, skin rash, cuts, sticks, bruises or other conditions, please seek medical attention immediately. The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (G{HC) and other hospitals’ outpatient departments in your areas are all fully operational and equipped to provide adequate care.

For more information call the Ministry of Health

Telephone Numbers: 226-1224 or 225-1263

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Comments

  • kamtanblog  On November 5, 2020 at 2:22 am

    Really !
    Thames barrier London was built decades ago to Stop flooding upriver !
    On construction of bridge upper Demerara
    Simple Simon suggests
    Is it not possible to not only build bridge
    what about a barrier at same time.???
    Kill two birds one action.
    Request Dutch engineers and others for
    advice/consultation before deciding on
    location. Avoiding white elephant 🐘!

    My two cents

    Kamtan uk-ex-EU

  • brandli62  On November 5, 2020 at 6:43 am

    As mentioned earlier and in agreement with kamtan’s comments, the Ali administration needs improve the sea defenses and the draining canals to handle the floods. The costs are marginal to that done by flooding to private and public properties.

  • Dennis Albert  On November 5, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Granger cleaned up the entire GT and flood didn’t come unless it was high tide. Back to the PPP days. Everyone knows how much garbage was piled up because the PPP didn’t support GT unless it was to build six story building.

  • detow  On November 5, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    Guyana is too far gone now for meaningful flood control measures to be put in place, even the Dutch engineers cannot help them. They tried but the English came along and undid most, if not all, that they put in place to protect the coast, and I believe, even with Guyana’s new oil wealth, that to redo what the Dutch had done, the cost would be prohibitive.

    What’s next? Maybe all Guyanese should learn to breathe like the fishes…..grow gills and live in water.

    • brandli62  On November 6, 2020 at 5:27 am

      There will be enough oil revenue to bring in the Dutch to fix the sea defenses and the canals with state-of-the art solutions. I am pretty confident that it can be done.

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