An estimated 420,000 people die due to food poisoning every year. Food poisoning is the result of consuming contaminated food. The contamination can happen at any stage of food production right from raw materials to the final plating of a dish. Some of the most common symptoms of food poisoning involves diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain and cramps, chills, weakness among others. Food poisoning can happen due to contaminated food article or via impure water that is used in cooking. Food items consumed from open stalls and push carts are also highly unhygienic and may often make one fall prey to food poisoning. Monsoon is the time when the propensity of deadly bacteria and viruses to multiply grows stronger. Food-borne diseases therefore see quite a spike during the rainy season.
Some of the commonly identified culprits of food poisoning include Salmonella, E. Coli among other parasites. Uncooked meat, raw eggs and even dairy stand a chance to have fatal viruses accompanying them. The best way to manage food poisoning is to get proper medication, have plenty of natural and hygienic fluids and consume a bland, light diet.
Green leafy vegetables, sprouts, raw eggs, seafood and meat, and even raw juices may carry harmful agents that can lead to food poisoning. “Opt for packaged milk and cook eggs properly. Avoid half fried eggs if you are not sure of their quality or source. To inhibit the growth of bacteria on your veggies and fruits you can wash them in salt water or potassium permanganate,” noted Dr. Ritika Samaddar from Max Healthcare Saket, Delhi.
Easy Home Remedies
While food poisoning can get quite an irritating and taxing affair, you can try some easy home remedies to get some relief. Some of the most easily available ingredients can come together to soothe your tummy trouble.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Two tablespoons of ACV can be mixed in hot water and had just before your meals. It will soothe your gut and get rid of the harmful parasites.
The holy basil seems to be the cure of almost every common ailment that plagues human health. Its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties makes it a perfect fit to tame food poisoning. Pure basil juice can be mixed with some honey and had to feel relieved. You can also add few drops of basil oil in your regular drinking water and keep sipping on it throughout the day.
Ginger and Garlic
These both are a powerhouse of gut-benefiting properties and come loaded with antibacterial properties. Simply add these in your regular meals or try having the juice if your palate permits.
Minister for Tribal Welfare Nakka Anandababu said on Monday the tribals of the Chaparai hamlet in Boddagandi Panchayat in Y. Ramavaram mandal drank contaminated stream water in their village instead of the water from the seven bores dug by the ITDA some years back. He asked officials to submit reports on the water and the food the 375 tribals had consumed 10 days before the deaths.
Speaking to reporters after visiting the Rampachodavaram Area Hospital where 32 tribals are receiving treatment for fever, leg swelling and other diseases, the Minister said the stream water was contaminated with animal carcass.
He said it was regrettable that the incident had come to the notice of the officials late. There were 75 families living in Chaparai and according to official reports 16 people including three children had died.
Two medical teams were sent to Chaparai and some more teams to six hamlets in the mandal. The Minister said the divisional panchayat officer and Velugu officials were monitoring the situation.
He said the government would supply water filters and train the tribals on using them. The Minister said four children should be shifted to a corporate hospital in Kakinada.
Food poisoning, fevers the reason?
Food poisoning, coupled with seasonal fevers, is said to be the reason for the death of 15 tribal people, including four children, in a span of two weeks in the Chaparayi hamlet under the Boddagandi panchayat of Y. Ramavaram mandal in East Godavari district.
With the media breaking the news on Sunday, the district administration headed by Collector Kartikeya Misra rushed to the agency area and camped at Rampachodavaram by evening.
The officials attributed the deaths to possible food poisoning, while the residents complained of the non-availability of safe drinking water.
Complaints of diarrhoea, headache and chill began on June 2, two days after a grand wedding in the hamlet.
As it is away from the rest of the agency — a six-kilometre walk is mandatory to reach the place — the tribals could not get help.
The absence of medical facilities and failure of traditional treatment with herbs and nuts aggravted the problem.
The series of deaths began on June 18 and continued till the morning hours of Sunday.
“It is very difficult to figure out the reason for their ill-health at this moment. We are on the job of providing them immediate treatment and, at the same time, focussing on their medical history,” T. Ramesh Kishore, a duty doctor at the Rampachodavaram medical camp told The Hindu over telephone.
Mr. Misra said the district headquarters had got information on the deaths on Saturday night and alerted the officials of the ITDA and the medical department immediately.
“Members of a special team reached the hamlet on Sunday morning. Besides opening medical camps in the Agency area, we are ready to send the ill to Kakinada and Rajamahendravaram hospitals,” the Collector said.