DR. S.V. SINGH, OMBUDSPERSON - E-mail ID: ombudsperson@santosh.ac.in

Prevention is better than Cure!

The much-celebrated monsoon seasons brings with it a host of seasonal diseases and respiratory infections ranging in severity from the common cold to tuberculosis. Water collected at various places acts as the perfect breeding ground for microbes and pathogens. But don’t fret because you can avoid catching a pulmonary infection by following some simple guidelines.

Tips for Indoor Environment

  • Make sure that the kitchen and bathroom sink is clean as these become microbe hotspots during the rainy season.
  • Keep your home environment as dry and clean as possible. Don’t let water collect in areas like rooftops and air coolers.
  • Taking a balanced diet is very important if you want to arm your immune system to fight against pathogens. Try to consume vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables in the monsoon season for protection against pulmonary diseases.
  • Keep the kitchen utensils clean and dry and make sure your house-maid is not infected.

Tips for Outdoor Environment

  • For most people who use public transport, it is not possible to avoid crowded spaces. Still, try to minimize your exposure to crowded and congested places and avoid using elevators during the peak flu season.
  • Swimming might seem like a nice idea but before you dive in, ensure that the pool is thoroughly chlorinated and well maintained. Remember to take a shower before and after swimming.
  • Avoid second-hand smoke by staying away from bars and areas which are certified smoking zones.
  • To enhance your lung health, indulge in breathing exercises.


  • Avoid rubbing your eyes as this might transfer germs to your nasal passage through the tear gland.
  • Before you eat or cook, wash your hands with soap and warm water.
  • Use disposable napkins instead of handkerchiefs.
  • If you use public amenities, be vigilant of your hygiene.

Finally, remember that awareness is your best defense. Be a little vigilant and careful to make the most of the pleasant monsoon season.