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Eat healthily, take care with medication, says Forde

Kendy Graham, [email protected]

Eat healthily, take care with medication, says Forde

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Minister of Youth and Community Empowerment Adrian Forde reminded Barbadians today to be careful of medications they are taking in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Forde, a pharmacist, pleaded with Barbadians, especially the elderly, who were experiencing symptoms such as persistent coughs, fever and difficulty breathing, not to use particular medications which can exacerbate illnesses.

He said drugs not to be used during a viral episode included those containing Ibuprofen. Some of these are Motrin and Advil which come in different forms. He reminded people if they are taking these medications as prescribed by a doctor, to have a close consultation with the doctor. He also mentioned Voltaren, and Aspirin.

In addition to warning about the use of certain medications, Forde urged the public to consume natural products and foods and drinks which can boost the immune system. He said coconut water is a good source of potassium.

Other products which should be consumed at this time are: foods high in Vitamin D as they are important in fighting off infection, not only COVID-19; and produce high in natural Vitamin C, including green, leafy vegetables such as lettuce and cabbage.

Forde reminded Barbadians of the need to consume lots of liquid and stay hydrated.

The minister said we can pretty much help to decide our future in relation to COVID-19 and asked the public to pray.

Forde was contributing to the discussion on BrassTacks. (KG) 


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