CPS offers tips to avoid contracting diseases.

PHILIPSBURG–The Health Ministry’s Collective Prevention Services (CPS) on Thursday offered a number of tips to persons participating in the just-started 38th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta on how to avoid contracting infectious diseases

CPS said the tips are aimed at helping Regatta participants stay healthy while enjoying four-days of sailing fun.

In a press release, CPS urged Regatta participants to be attentive when it comes to symptoms which can be attributed to conditions such as dengue, chikungunya, zika and gastroenteritis.

Persons with symptoms such as fever; diarrhoea, body pains; vomiting; conjunctivitis; headaches, joint pains or rash should contact a physician and minimize personal contact with others. They should also implement proper cough etiquette, hand and personal hygiene.

“If you are coughing use proper cough etiquette; cough in the elbow, sneeze or blow your nose in a disposable tissue and put such in the garbage bin. Wash or sanitize your hands immediately after discarding the used tissue,” CPS said.

“Frequently wash/sanitise your hands properly especially after using the toilet and working with your hands. Before you eat or put food in your mouth, make sure your hands are clean. Properly use repellent to stop mosquitoes from feeding. At dusk and dawn and wear light colored clothing such as long sleeve shirts and long pants. Don’t drink and drive and practice safe sex – use a condom properly. Properly wear gloves for handling food and cleaning up after a sick person or in general and be safe, be healthy and have serious fun.”

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/74243-cps-offers-tips-to-avoid-contracting-diseases-2a