phereview - August 24, 2017
Hiding beneath a seemingly clean facade and waiting for a chance to infect the unprepared is the Vibrio cholerae, the bacterium responsible for the dreadful Cholera disease. As soon as a person is infected by this bacterium, they start experiencing extreme dehydration and nausea. In order to combat this fatal disease, one needs to follow a very specific diet plan.
The person infected with Cholera should be periodically given fluids — either directly or intravenously. Oral Rehydration Therapy should be administered to the affected person without fail. Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS), a suitable mixture of Sodium, Potassium, Glucose and Citrate should be given to prevent the fluid levels from falling down. While it’s preferable to purchase readymade ORS powder, it can also be prepared easily in places with no access to proper health care centres. Six teaspoons of sugar and half teaspoon of salt is combined in 1000 ml of pure water to prepare ORS. The affected person should be given 200 ml doses of ORS every 10 minutes till their urination becomes normal. Other fluids that can be given include Soups, fruit juices and coconut and rice water.
The food given to patients suffering with Cholera should be cooked thoroughly till it becomes soft and gets readily comestible. The patient should drink only clean and boiled water to prevent the exacerbation of the disease. Raw foods like unpeeled fruits and vegetables and half cooked meat or fish should be strictly avoided. Citrus fruits and Vinegar should be included in the diet for a speedy recovery.