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Homelessness affects physical and mental health of families

The breaking of a main pipeline in the area of The Tusílagos in the district of San Juan de Lurigancho originated large accumulations of water of sewer in several areas of the area. This forced families to leave their homes to live in large camps located in parks and sports grounds.

Living in a public place, without personal objects, without a bath, without what makes your home a home produces a series of harmful effects on the health of the person, but also on the whole family.

RPP Noticias contacted the specialist in family and Community Medicine, Pedro Quispe, professor of Nursing at the University of Sciences and Humanities (UCH), to learn about the impacts on the mental and physical health of the family due to this tragedy.

Pedro Quispe states that a sudden event such as the aniego in San Juan de Lurigancho causes serious damage to the mental health of families first. “We observe that our lifestyle changes from one moment to another because we must keep in mind being alive. There are two major factors that have a particular impact on families: the reduction of space and Privacy.

The specialist says that these factors cause stress and anxiety in the family because they don’t have what they had worked so hard for. “In extreme cases it can cause depression,” he added. Even more so because the Ministry of health authorities said that those objects with which contaminated water came into contact must be discarded.

It is not gratuitous that it was also news that many families did not want to leave their homes for fear of being robbed. They saw how his effort literally went into the water.

Possible damage from overcrowding

Families rescued from flooding have been placed in various parks and tiles sports that they are safe from the flood water alcantarillada. However, if this type of management of several families is done wrong it could fall into overcrowding.

Pedro Quispe points out that living in spaces without much ventilation, such as tents, over long periods of time and with many people around causes a greater chance of catching respiratory infections. Gastrointestinal problems from just using latrines may also lead to diarrhea, says the expert.

In addition, if there was no constant bath after having had contact with contaminated water it could cause dermatitis, the expert added.

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