And in general, according to Director General of Disease Control and Environmental Health (P2PL) Ministry of Health, Prof. dr. Tjandra Yoga Aditama SpP (K), MARS, DTM & H, DTCE, through its press news, there are six diseases to watch out for as a result of volcanic eruptions.
Sixth disease is an upper respiratory infection (ARI); lower respiratory tract infections (pneumonia and bronchitis); allergy, inflammation or irritation of the eyes; allergy, infection or irritation of the skin; digestive disorders; and worsening of chronic diseases, either because the immune system being down or due to stress or negligent taking medication.
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“In general, the impact of the volcanic eruption is a volcanic dust and gases that can cause irritation to skin, eyes and respiratory tract,” said Prof. Tjandra.
To prevent that, according to Prof. Tjandra, the community should apply the following seven steps:
1. Avoid going out if you do not have a purpose;
2. When forced out of the house, use protection such as helmets and masks;
3. Close the water supply or open dug wells and open water reservoirs from being exposed to dust;
4. Wash thoroughly all foods, fruits, vegetables;
5. Seek treatment to health care facilities when any health complaints such as cough, shortness of breath, irritation to the eyes and skin;
6. For people who have chronic diseases, ensure regular medication should always be consumed;
7. Always clean and healthy living behavior.