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Jamaica Health Tips Blog

November 2010

Stay Healthy, Protect your EYES

Many Jamaicans love to be on FACEBOOK for long periods of time around the computer or have to work long hours doing a lot of reading. But many Jamaicans do not love wearing glasses, do you? Well, you might have very good reasons to feel bad whenever you’re advised to wear reading glasses. And one of them might be the fact that you think the people who wear glasses look silly and are nerds. You may also think that only computer techies who read a lot of books wear glasses. To be cool you need to have sunshades or no glasses at all.
But what if you cannot move around for the whole day because you can’t see well or you make mistakes in presentation because you can’t see the words.
Well luckily for all Jamaicans there is a simple solution, get your eyes tested and get glasses if recommended by the optician.
Our eye lenses contain strong fibers. Over the years, the cells on the eye lenses congregate and overlap, and fibers star
t to grow elastic. Soon you start to squint at the newspapers or books or anything else that you read. To cure your eyes of this squinting-gaze-syndrome, you need reading glasses!When your eyes start to feel strained whenever you are reading something or even watching the T.V., go to an Optometrist and have your eyes checked up. The doctor will offer you the prescription for glasses or contact lenses. But if you are already wearing glasses, you need to check whether your 'power' is changing or not. For most people, the power of their eyes keeps on increasing, and therefore it is necessary to pay the eye doctor another visit and get a new pair of eyeglasses.The other sign that tells you loud and clear that you need to have your eyes checked by the eye doctor is when you are holding the newspaper or book or magazine far away from yourself to read. You try to hold it as far as the outstretched hand of yours will allow, and at one point of time, even that will not be enough. Then you will have to pay the Optometrist a visit, and get for yourself a pair of glasses.
When last have you had your eyes tested?
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Cholera Prevention

Many Jamaican's have been told how serious the Cholera disease is, but how many Jamaican's are actively using the correct prevention techniques.
Cholera is a very serious disease that should be taken very seriously as if not treated in time or correctly can cause death.
Here are some steps one can take to prevent Cholera:
Wash your hands. Frequent hand washing is the best way to control cholera infection. Wash your hands thoroughly with hot, soapy water, especially before eating or preparing food, after using the toilet, and when you return from public places. Carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer for times when water isn't available.
  • Avoid untreated water. Contaminated drinking water is the most common source of cholera infection. For that reason, drink only bottled water or water you've boiled or disinfected yourself. Coffee, tea and other hot beverages, as well as bottled or canned soft drinks, wine and beer, are generally safe. Carefully wipe the outside of all bottles and cans before you open them and ask for drinks without ice. Use bottled water to brush your teeth.
  • Eat food that's completely cooked and hot. Cholera bacteria can survive on room temperature food for up to five days and aren't destroyed by freezing. It's best to avoid street vendor food, but if you do buy it, make sure your meal is cooked in your presence and served hot.
  • Avoid sushi. Don't eat raw or improperly cooked fish and seafood of any kind.
  • Be careful with fruits and vegetables. When you're traveling, make sure that all fruits and vegetables that you eat are cooked or have thick skins that you peel yourself. Avoid lettuce in particular because it may have been rinsed in contaminated water.
  • Be wary of dairy foods. Avoid ice cream, which is often contaminated, and unpasteurized milk.
    Do you feel safe during the current Cholera health alert in Jamaica?