POSSIBLE emergence of several diseases may hit the metropolis due to the looming water shortage in the area, the Department of Health (DOH) warned Monday.

In a phone interview, Lyndon Lee Suy, head of DOH–Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases Unit, said shortage in water supply could lead to many diseases since it is the basic requirement of proper hygiene.

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He said that among the effects of water shortage in food intake is the ineffective cleaning of utensils like plate and silverwares.

“Kapag hindi maayos na nalinis yung mga pinagkainan, baka bahayan ng virus tulad ng cholera at typhoid na malaki ang posibilidad na malipat sa tao,” the health official noted.

He also said personal hygiene is one of the foremost requirements in preventing the acquisition of some contagious diseases such as influenza, colds, and cough.

“Bukod pa diyan yung possible dehydration kapag kulang sa water intake at dengue dahil this is the time when people would start saving water in containers.”

On Sunday, the Maynilad Water Services Inc. announced its cutting of water supply by 30 percent this month due to the continued receding of the water level in the Angat Dam.

The water concessionaire said it would just be scheduling water rations in the villages affected by the shortage of water supply in Metro Manila.

Lee Suy, then, said the public should immediately adopt to the shortage in water supply but not to the extent of sacrificing hygienic practices.

“Kung ganyan na limited pala ang supply ng tubig, we should maximize ang use ng water like yung pinang-laba, yun ang gamitin pang-buhos sa toilet,” said Lee Suy. (AMN/Sunnex)