Basic Sanitation Advice for Tsunami-stricken sufferer.
Department of Health had issued an advice of basic sanitation for Tsunami-stricken sufferer
1. Drink boiled or bottled water, eat just cooked hot food, reheat left over food before
eating and discard left over food that kept for more than 6 hours, check package of
processed food for broken or leak or dirty container and not expired. Keep the food in
the cupboard to prevent rodent, house fly, and cockroach access. Wash the hands
before eating and after leaving the toilet.
2. Defecate in the toilet. If unavailable, dig a pit, defecate in the pit and bury or
defecate into the plastic bag, tie the bag tightly for further disposal by burying. Wash
the hands clean with soap after finish every time.
3. Refuse and garbage, if not manage properly will increase health risk and pollute the
environment, especially, food wastes which will produce stink odor and annoyance.
Furthermore, they will be the source of infection and bleeding places for anima, or
3.1 Refuses as animal corpse, food wastes, and also feces bag, are disposed by
bury in a pit, 0.5-1.0 meter deep, sprinkle with lime and bury daily to
prevent animal access or the house fly laying eggs.
3.2 General refuses, put in black plastic bag, tie the bag tightly and compile at
the waiting spot for concerned authority to pick the bag up for disposal.
4. Get rid of bleeding place for house fly and disease vector by refuses disposal,
draining the polluted water or cover with soil to prevent polluted water source within
30 meters radius from the potable well. Set up chemical spraying unit to get rid of
insect and disease vectors in the community.
Department of Health
Ministry of Public Health
December 29, 2004