Welcome to the August 2017 edition of Kauvery Health and Wellness Newsletter
Change of season
Monsoon may be the most beautiful season in India but as Tagore elucidates in his poem - Tiger and the Deer, beauty and trouble go hand-in-hand in nature.
For example, take the change of season from summer to monsoon that is happening all over the country. In Chennai, although the summer has simmered down, monsoon has not yet peaked. This has created a drought-like situation in the city. As a result, drinking water from various sources is reaching our homes, so it is essential to ensure they are safe.
Boiling water is the simplest method to ensure this, but there are also advanced equipment such as RO filters available in the market to purify drinking water. Citizens must also be socially- responsible and avoid wasting water.
Some precautions you can take to stay healthy and safe during the monsoons:
1. Avoid street food: Chaats, juices, kebabs, and snacks served by pushcart vendors on streets are a strict no-no during the monsoons. The water used in them may be contaminated, in addition to the food itself being contaminated in the open.
2. Drink plenty of water: Contrary to popular habits of consuming more alcohol or caffeinated drinks during monsoons, drink plenty of plain water that has been boiled or ROI-filtered. Sugars in these drinks have a diuretic effect which can harm your health.
3. Avoid walking in the rain: In addition to the risk of catching cold or fever, walking in the rain can expose you to diseases like leptospirosis, not to mention fungal growth on your skin.
4. Avoid damp places: Keep windows and doors of your homes and offices open as much as possible to prevent dampness and hence fungus in these spaces. And if there are places that are quite damp, avoid them altogether.
5. Use mosquito repellents liberally: Mosquitoes breed rapidly in standing water and can cause deadly diseases such as dengue and malaria. Use mosquito repellent creams, mosquito coils and electronic repellants liberally at home and office.
6. Bathe as often as you want: Since sweat and dirt are carriers of germs and infection, bathe as often as you want in your day using hot water. Avoid bathing in cold water as you could be exposed to water-borne germs.
7. Do not touch your eyes: Conjuctivitis is at an all-time high during monsoons. To prevent exposure to this, avoid crowded places like malls, beaches, public functions, theatres, etc. And if you feel your eyes itching, avoid doing so and consult a doctor immediately.
Dr Karthick Thiagarajan, consultant neonatologist and pediatrician joined our hospital last month.
Our paediatric department is now a full-fledged, one-stop centre for paediatric healthcare for children of all ages.
A Full Day Preparatory Course for MRCS exam for surgeons was conducted by Kauvery hospital on 29th July and 30th July 2017. There was special focus on communication skills and we plan to continue this course every year.
Our cardiac surgery team is very active and has performed several emergency cardiac surgeries last month, saving the lives of many patients.