BY ELIZABETH AMONGIN
Angel Nakajubi (not real name) was enjoying her lunch recently when suddenly she developed a running stomach.
This prompted her to run to her doctor who after examining the symptoms told her that the problem was food poisoning.
That aside, in December after eating a mouth watering dish that was served at the staff university party, over a dozen people developed stomachache and running stomachs before they were diagnosed with food poisoning, a common occurrence.
What is food poisoning?
Food poisoning is not necessarily pouring poison in food. It is a common illness caused by consuming contaminated food or drinks, that have bacteria.
Food can get contaminated in several ways. Christine Namatovu, a clinician at the Allan Galphin Health Centre, explained that food poisoning can occur when we fail to handle food carefully. Namatovu said that chopping meat on a dirty board can easily spread germs that contaminate food.
“On the other hand, when one consumes half -cooked poultry products or dairy foods that contain bacteria, food poisoning can also occur,” she said.
Ways of preventing food poisoning
One has to avoid eating cold food. Food eaten at room temperature is dangerous because at that temperature, bacteria breed very first. All food has to be boiled, not only warmed. For one to kill the bacteria, the food has to be eaten hot or else it will be contaminated and cause food poisoning.
Washing hands during food preparation is important in avoiding food poisoning. For ease, one can take warm water to avoid the discomfort. you can also, make Oral Rehydration Salts at home.
How to prepare ORS locally
Mix an oral rehydration solution using the following:
- Six (6) level teaspoons of sugar
- Half (1/2) level teaspoon of salt
- One litre of cool clean drinking or boiled water
It is, however, important that one avoids self medication. It is advisable for one to take warm water or local ORS and report to the nearest health centre.