Laos — Selling coconuts to fight against dengue is growing, since doctors have recommended to drink coconut juice to recover health, including adults with migraines due to dengue. Last week, journalists from Renovator interviewed in Vientiane merchants coconut on the effects of these recommendations to their trade.
Mr. Somchay, 33, who sells coconuts along the road Kamphèngmeuang (T4) at a rate of at least 30 every day and priced at 7000 at 10 000 kips room: “I sell nuts coco long here. Before, their unit price was 2 000-5000 kips. I sold 10-15 coconuts per day, or sometimes five to 10 only. But since doctors have advised drinking coconut juice to restore his health, the price of coconut has increased significantly.
Now, some customers buy two coconuts, but others buy it. “He added that this year was great for him because of the trust people place in coconut juice to cool the body and replace the fluids Dengue can be exhausting.
Many coconuts are imported from Thailand, but nuts Lao coconut are more popular because they are cheaper and contain more juice than those from Thailand. A Thai coconut nut costs about 12,000 kips.
A resident of the district of Vientiane Donkoy, Sisattanak district of the capital, Mr. Tobi:
“This year there has been a sharp increase in orders in the fruit shops in Vientiane. Sometimes I have to pick up young coconut, which have not much flesh inside, but so far I have not had any complaints from my customers. I think people need more juice from the meat to relieve the symptoms of dengue. “At the same time as drinking juice, coconut, doctors advise people infected with dengue virus to drink a rehydration solution orality, soup and lots of water to replace lost fluids. It is also advisable to take paracetamol, which can lower the body temperature.
According to the Center of Laboratory and Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health, from January 1 to June 25 this year, 28 000 cases of dengue were reported in Laos, including 77 deaths. In most cases, the deaths are due to the fact that patients were sent to the hospital too late, once the virus has reached a critical stage.
Health authorities also encourage them to sleep under mosquito nets, day and night, and spraying insecticides on the breeding of mosquitoes. It is also advisable to consult a doctor within 48 hours of the first symptoms and undergo a blood test.
By: Phetphoxay Sèngpaseuth/Le Renovateur.