WHO: At least 1.5 billion suffer parasitic worm disease
According to data from the World Health Organization, one in four or 1.5 billion people worldwide are infected with Helminths or a parasitic worm disease.
Common Intestinal parasites are roundworms, tapeworms, pinworms, whipworms, hookworms, among others.
Dr. Abraham Gan, a medical officer of the Malabon Health Office, says ingesting undercooked meat and eating food without washing your hands can leave an open door for these disease-causing parasites to attack.
“Kapag kumain ng hilaw na pagkain na hindi nalutong [mabuti] at hindi mo sigurado kung saan kinukuha ‘yung pagkain, [maaaring mayroon itong] parasite,” Gan said.
“[Kapag naman ang] mga bata ay galing sa paglalaro tapos humawak ng pagkain at hindi naghugas ng kamay, ‘yun ang madalas madali [ng sakit],” he added.
Common symptoms of parasitic disease include itching of anus, feeling unsatisfied or full after meals and bloating of the stomach.
If any of these signs surface, Gan said it is important to consult a doctor to prevent it from worsening.
To avoid contracting these infectious diseases, Gan recommends washing hands with an antibacterial soap.
“Ang beauty soap maaaring maka-moisturize ng katawan, pero ‘pag may mikrobyo ay hindi matatanggal kaya kung gagamit ka ng sabon, dapat ‘yung may antibacterial property,” Gan said.