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An AISECer from singapore recalls her first day of arriving in Karachi, terming it as a time of many firsts. The one passage which got me was number six, titled, Karachi HEALTH induction

The food is good, but can be deceiving and deadly sometimes! I ate
something contaminated last week or the week before. And for many days
I’ve just been crapping water. Any food goes in then out like an
express train. So finally yesterday went to the hospital for treatment.
Joined the IV-Drip Club [we had another intern who got the same
treatment for dehydration] Spent over 2500 Rs. [ouch!] Doc diagnosed it
as gastro-intestinal infection

It got me thinking into how do you avoid these kind of problems when coming here from abroad? Bringing your own water (a guest lecturer we had from US did that) and being super careful about what you have to eat/drink is one solution, but not a viable one for most people. Having a ‘vaccination’ consisting of Immodium as soon as you land is another option, an option my cousin and his wife opted for and which worked on them.

How many other ways can you defeat the stomach flue?

13 Comments so far

  1. AH (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 5:23 pm

    I have not had any problems when visiting Pakistan. The precautions that I took weren’t took extensive, I don’t think anyway. While I drank only “bottled” water, I ate everything from home cooked food to food from places on Bahadurabad’s sidewalk. Of course, this only probably means that I have been extremely lucky, more than anything else.

  2. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

    Global Rule – to stay away from Stomach problem when Travelling –

    Wherever you arrive, buy one ONION, and eat 3 layers of it RAW. before any intake of Food.

    Rest assured, there will be NO stomach related issues …..

    TESTED, and IN-practice since 20+ years.

  3. MS (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 7:08 pm

    I did not face any problem after visiting Karachi after a long time; not sure why :) One thing that I did is drank the boiled water and thats about it.

    Stay away from bottled water; You would think that the bottle water would be good for you, right? and thats why I bought bottled water from Eastern but then came to know that those bottles are made in some house in Malir area :O

  4. original-faisal (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 7:58 pm

    This really brought back some horrible
    memories. When I was visiting Pakistan
    last summer, I made the unfortunate
    choice to have some roadside food the
    very second day of my arrival. Well, to
    make a long story short, I ended up for
    a week in Aga Khan with choelra and
    gastroentitis. What’s funny is that, in
    all these years, this was the very first
    time to have become seriously ill.

    A funny memory of that week long stay at
    AKUH is one of the male nurses attempting
    to put a rectal catheter up my bum (ouch!!)
    and asking me “dard toa nahin hora?”

    I replied to him “nahin, nahin, bohat maza
    ara hai, aur daba kay dalo…of course, dard
    ho raha hai.” LOL!

    By the way, Jamal, your idea sounds interesting.
    Must try it next month when I visit Karachi again.

  5. Zainub (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 10:23 pm

    Its not restricted to foreigners you know, my own system for example, undergoes at least one spell of diarrhea per month, my mom insists that my “maida” is “kamzoor”, but I think its just a process to clean up the system and flush out all the bad stuff once in a while. And proof of that fact is that medicines usually don’t have effect on this problem, neither does strict perhaiz (at least for me, I just feel even more sick wanting to eat something but being prevented from eating it!). For foreigners its less cut and dry though, probably sticking to home made food is good idea for them.

  6. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 11:28 pm

    Zainub, Go and visit Gastro Specialist, after youth is over, it will become a nightmare, Time to pay attention. Believe me Little one am not kidding.,

    GASTRO Specialist Dr. Waseem Jaffery starts his presentations with:

    Gentleman & Ladies, if you are a grown up adult with healthy eating habits, and you get enough burps and farts either when you are hungry or when you had enough food you enjoyed(he says it with wide smile) you are fine.

    However, if any of that i mean burps & farts (wide smile) is painful and trouble some usually and cause you trouble please do see a gastro doc.

    All major ailments starts from bad stomach, the 1st common one is Blood pressure, and the most dangerous one is Angina, because stomach half full is less a problem then stuffed stomach which needs flushing.,

    Green Tea after every meal, is what can save you from basic stomach issues,
    – – – on & on & on – – – – –

    thats 2 cents worth !

    Google – for home remedies –

  7. MS (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 11:49 pm

    great find Jamal! Thx for sharing with us.

  8. Orignial-Anon (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 5:42 am

    Original-Faisal : OUCH !
    Mansoor, I can’t help myself so forgive me, but it is stomach ‘flu’ (short for influenza) and not ‘flue’ (as in chimney flue pipe for example).

  9. Zeba (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 2:59 pm

    Shamsi thanks for the link, the onion totka i heard that on some cooking channels as well though never tried and the green tea sure that is a magical tea to control acidity food reflux and stomach disorder, it is like river swat water which dissolves the fatty bbq tikkas in matter no time and make you feel hungry starving again.

  10. zee (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 6:00 am

    MANSOOR: Dude, I love your posts! This is suchhh a common issue for people coming in from abroad! I don’t think there is any good way out of this but to take care of yourself as much as possible. Our health department is crap!

    Original Faisal: I am sorry if I sound a bit bold but dude, are you saying they shoved something up your… y’know… ass? :s That must have hurt! Why’d they do that? I mean they can treat stomach problems with pills and stuff right? Please tell a bit more?

  11. Zeba (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 12:59 pm

    Zee, it could have been an obsession :)

  12. basit (unregistered) on September 10th, 2007 @ 3:58 pm

    I did not face any problem after visiting Karachi after a long time; not sure why :) One thing that I did is drank the boiled water and thats about it.

  13. Rabayl (unregistered) on September 10th, 2007 @ 4:46 pm

    Mansoor, the word is AIESECer!

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