Whoever said that prevention is better than cure might have had an unpleasant experience with a disease that taught him or her a lifetime lesson.
In Kenya, we commonly experience two major seasons; summer (hot) and winter (cold).
At such different weather conditions people are at risk of contracting various diseases and health conditions.
Being aware of the common diseases that can affect us during the various seasons is very decisive as it helps one in taking precautions that will either hinder or minimize the risks.
Diseases, as much as it harm the person, also contribute to low productivity among family members, who are busy attending to the sick and deepens suffering especially if the affected person is the bread winner.
For the past few years, most parts of Kenya, if not all, are experiencing drought affecting both people and animals. People have died of starvation.
It is during this season that we risk being affected by drought related diseases including malaria and diarrhoea.
Other dreaded diseases are dengue fever, food poisoning, typhoid and cholera.
Currently, residents of Mombasa County are grappling with brunt of Chikugunya, a viral diseased transmitted to human by infected mosquito.
To remain safe from such hot-weather diseases, we need to ensure that a number of things are in place such as promoting basic hygiene techniques.
Washing hands thoroughly with running water after being in crowded places is one of the first basic practices that we need to embrace to avoid carrying germs to our homes.
Also, we need to ensure that there are no breeding places for mosquitoes around our houses to reduce chances of malaria spread.
Due to high temperatures that are usually experienced during this season, food get spoilt quickly and it is prudent to make sure leftover food is refrigerated quickly to minimize chances of bacteria multiplication.
Drinking boiled water as well as avoiding eating food from unhygienic and mostly open areas guarantee you safety against infections.
Our health is our basic responsibility. We, therefore, need to stay observant and safe during this dry season.
By Joseph Macharia