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How to prevent health issues in the upcoming Monsoon?

When it is the monsoon time, the changes in the weather make us all vulnerable to different types of health disorders. Due to this reason, it is necessary to follow a number of precautions to keep the body healthy. Here are some ways in which you can prevent health issues in the monsoon season.

  • During the monsoon or the rainy season, water borne illnesses are actually quite common. Therefore it is always important to drink safe water. People of all ages should drink only boiled water as this prevents any disease from affecting the body. Alternately, water purifiers can also be used at home for drinking clean water. Once can also use alum for getting purified water.
  • Mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue are also very common in the rainy season. Therefore it is necessary to use mosquito nets and repellents so that they do not bite under any circumstances. It is to be remembered that dengue transmitting mosquitoes generally bite during the day time; either during the early morning hours or in the late evening. Malaria mosquitoes generally bite at night. Make sure that there is no stagnant water in your home or areas of water logging nearby as they can serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Use DDT powder in the drains and sewages near your home.
  • It is always better to avoid eating junk foods during this time of the year as they can cause illness or enhance the possibilities of contamination.
  • Do not store foods for a long period of time as pre-cut fruits, salads and vegetables or uncooked foods may go through contamination. By avoiding such foods, you can reduce chances of digestive problems to a great degree. Instead, stick to fresh fruits as much as possible.

    Health tips for Monsoon SeasonHealth tips for Monsoon Season
    Health tips for Monsoon Season
  • Make sure that you wash all vegetables and fruits thoroughly before consuming them. Also when you are buying these vegetables and fruits see to it that they are fresh. Before consuming them, soak them properly in salt-water for about 5 to 7 minutes and then rinse them thoroughly with lukewarm fresh water before eating.
  • Change your hand towels and sanitation napkins after every alternate day’s use. Make sure to use hand sanitizers when you are travelling.
  • Cover your nose and mouth properly with a handkerchief before sneezing or coughing.
  • Consume as much water as possible since it helps to remove toxins out of the body. Drink warm water after every 2 hours and make sure to carry home-boiled water when you are travelling.
  • Make sure that you keep away your soggy and wet shoes and clothes away from all the dry garments
  • Avoid getting wet or drenched in the rain.
  • Make sure that you cover your nose properly while travelling on a vehicle in order to prevent the smoke and dirt from entering your lungs.
  • Stay away from crowded places like theatres or exhibitions as they may lead to infections.
  • Use different types of spices and herbs regularly in your diet. Herbs can help in boosting immunity against diseases during the rainy season. Consume herbs like Tulsi, Mint, Lemongrass, Turmeric, Ginger and on a daily basis.
  • Make sure that you always maintain your personal hygiene as this can help you to avoid diseases and contamination of food. Wear clean clothes at all times and wash hands properly prior to handling food.
  • Consume as much citrus fruits as possible as they can help to enhance immunity. Some popular forms of citrus fruits include lemon, orange and gooseberry. The vitamin C in these fruits can strengthen the immunity system and help the body fight against cough and cold.

Consult a Doctor immediately if you are experiencing persistent cough, fever or other any complaints.

How South Indian Hospitals Provide Better Diagnosis with Very Low Cost?

Medical tourism is quite a popular term in India’s health sector. People of small towns have always travelled to big cities in hope for better facilities. But medical tourism does not stop here. People from all over India and many parts of the world, travel to south Indian hospitals because they are sure of getting better treatment there. For the family member of every ailing patient, south India seems to be the Mecca. No matter what the problem is, if it has even a smaller lever of complication, family members would not rest until they get the final verdict from a doctor of Chennai, Bangalore, or Vellore.

Basic Difference

People from different part of the country have their own set of problems in getting the patient treated in their own home town or nearest big city. If you sit in any leading hospital in Chennai, you will find more Bengali speaking people getting treated there rather than Tamil. When asked, they would complain either of wrong diagnosis or unapproachable doctors. While wrong diagnosis is something very unfortunate and doctors cannot be blamed all the time, but being unreachable to the patient is something in doctor’s control. There is no dearth of dedicated and efficient doctors in Kolkata, but they would rarely be available on phone or be ready to consult long distance. On the contrary, doctors in Vellore, Chennai or Hyderabad give their personal mobile numbers and insist that rather than making things worse by being a doctor yourself, contact them. This makes a huge difference in the psychology of the family members of the patient. Patients from northern India think treatment is much cheaper and the method is transparent in south Indian hospitals compared to the super specialty hospitals there.

South Indian Hospitals Provide Better Diagnosis
South Indian Hospitals Provide Better Diagnosis

Reasons behind Medical Tourism

First reason is obviously the correct diagnosis and best part is, sometimes it comes cheaper even when compared to the added cost of travelling and staying. But how is it possible? For past few decades, Tamil Nadu has been the health care capital of the country. Hospitals like Shankar Netralaya and Apollo Hospitals are visited by thousands of patients every month and the number is ever increasing. This has given rise to more such super specialty hospitals in Chennai and other cities in rest three states. Vellore is another preferred location. With so many options, the cost automatically comes down. Seeing this as a business opportunity, many guest houses and serviced apartments have been developed in the vicinity of hospitals where the family members can stay and cook their own food. This further cuts down their expenses. This is a win-win condition for everyone.

But foremost reason is the dedicated faculty members and best infrastructure. While nuclear medicine is still a very unpopular department in most of the metro cities, you will find it in almost all the hospitals in Vellore, Bangalore or Chennai. Thirty years back, scan and X-Rays had a similar past in the northern and eastern cities but even during those days, they were readily available in the later cities. If you look for ten best hospitals in India, at least five would be from south India.

Less than a decade ago, a new hospital opened in the suburbs of Chennai which employed doctors who had degrees from overseas universities but wanted to serve the country. While in other cities, such ambitious doctors give up their dreams due to the red-tapism, Chennai opened a brand new facility for them. This is where it gets different. Patients get peace of mind once they are treated by a doctor in Vellore, Chennai, Hyderabad or Bangalore. And it didn’t happen in one day. It took years of dedication and willpower to perform better and the result is before everyone.