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Dr. Abu Al-Jadayel: Respiratory Diseases Top the Most Common Communicable Diseases in Summer
17 June 2014
Pharmacist, Amal Abu Al-Jadayel, has revealed that the most common communicable diseases picked up in summer and travelling are those  transmitted by the respiratory system, such as inhaling the patient’s sprays when coughing or breathing, or through using the patient’s private items such as handkerchiefs or bed covers.  she went on  pointing out that these communicable diseases are also transmitted by contaminated foods or water, such as typhoid fever, brucellosis and hepatitis A. Further, there are those types of diseases transmitted by blood, as a result of using contaminated syringes or having illegal sexual relationship, such as hepatitis B and AIDS.
Dr. Abu Al-Jadayel went on adding that the communicable diseases are triggered when microbes, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites find its way to the human body. And these microbes are transmitted by some person to another, or from animals or insects to the human, or having contaminated food or water.
This came as part of Dr. Amal bint Mu’awiah Abu-Al-Jadayel being hosted by the Media and Health Awareness National Center of the Ministry of Health (MOH) as part of its health awareness campaign of this year's summer. The interview was run via the Center’s toll-free number: 8002494444 and the social networking websites: @SAUDIMOH. it aimed at answering all the callers’ questions and providing the medical tips and guidelines for them on summer diseases and ways of dealing with them as well as preventing from them, especially communicable diseases.
To prevent from picking up the infection, Dr. Abu Al-Jadayel has advised eradicating the infection triggers such as microbes or disease-borne insects, and strengthening the immunity of the body by following a healthy lifestyle, such as adopting healthy diet, exercising, in addition to maintaining a healthy weight. Also, she has recommended embracing the personal hygiene instructions, such as washing hands with soap and water before preparing and eating food, and after finishing the toilets or contacting the patient’s items or their secretions.  Similarly, she has underlined the necessity for keeping the environment clean, ventilating the houses, as well as disposing of the waste and sewage water in a proper way.
Likewise, she has underscored the importance of controlling insects and rodents, such as flies, mosquitoes and rats, maintaining clean and healthy sources of food and water, as well as using tissues while coughing, sneezing or spitting, in order to prevent the spread of infection factors. Furthermore, she has warned on overcrowded places and mingling with people with infectious diseases, and sharing others' items, likely to be contaminated and can penetrate the skin, such as needles, razors or toothbrushes. Also, she urged on making a point of taking the necessary vaccines protecting against diseases. Finally, she warned on having illegal sexual relationships and dealing with contaminated blood, especially for those working for the health sector.
Within the same vein, Wendesday tomorrow, the Center is to host Dr. Maha Al-Mehaiza from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. She is to provide the Center’s audience with tips and consultations on the first aids. Still, on the same day, and the Center is to receive Dr. Safeyyah Al-Sherbieny, a consultant in Endocrinology and Diabetes, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm; to answer the callers’ questions in this regard.

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