ST. GEORGE'S, GRENADA, JULY 29, 2016, GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE (GIS): Grenadian health officials are stepping up its response to effectively manage and control what appears to be an increase in the number of gastroenteritis (gastro/stomach flu) in some parts of the island.
However while the Ministry continues to monitor and respond effectively to the situation, individuals especially parents of young children are encouraged to take all possible steps to prevent their children from being affected.
Ideally, the most effective means of prevention is frequent hand washing, while at the same time avoiding contaminated food and water.
“Gasto/stomach flu” is inflammation of the stomach and intestines, typically resulting from bacterial toxins or viral infection.
The most common way to develop viral gastroenteritis is through contact with an infected person or by ingesting contaminated food or water. The public is hereby reminded that the lack of or improper hand washing, especially after using the toilet or handling of dirty diapers can cause the spread of gastroenteritis from one person to another.
The symptoms of gastroenteritis are:
- Abdominal pain
- Upset stomach
- Stomach cramps
Gastro can be prevented by following these simple steps:
- Always wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet, changing diapers, and before handling, preparing or eating food.
This condition is preventable and can be easily treated. However to avoid complications of gastroenteritis seek medical care if symptoms continue or get worse. Please take the time to listen and heed the advice of your healthcare providers.
Meanwhile as the festive season approaches public health inspectors from the Ministry will be conducting spot checks at various events to ensure adherence to good public health practices especially in relation to hygienic food handling practices.