A health expert on Wednesday advised people to take hygienic food and avoid substandard items during monsoon to keep themselves safe from seasonal diseases.

Food poisoning, diarrhea, skin and other allergy problems are quite common now a days owing to increasing number of mosquitos and other insects which cause a number of illnesses.

Incharge Blood Bank at Poly Clinic Hospital, Dr. Sharif Astori has said to avoid such seasonal diseases people need to take more minerals and avoid going outside especially during rain.

Talking to APP, he said using full sleeves dresses, boiled water and keeping homes clean are also important parts of safety measures.

Most of patients visiting hospitals during these days with complains of stomach related problems, fever, flu, cough and skin diseases, he said.

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