Department of Health warns public on summer-related diseases

April 22, 2019

THE Department of Health – Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) has warned the public on summer-related diseases.

The DoH-Calabarzon issued the warning with the expected influx of domestic and international tourists in the different resorts in the region, particularly in the province of Laguna.

Some of the best tourist destinations in the country are found in Calabarzon.

DoH regional director Dr. Eduardo Janairo reminded the public to be cautious of their health and to be equipped and organized when spending vacation with families and friends, especially those who plan to go to the beaches and going to parties.

“Summer is officially here and we should take precautionary measures and be on-guard against summer-related diseases such as sore eyes, cough and colds, skin diseases, typhoid, hepatitis, cholera, measles, diarrhea and rabies. Kailangan din nating mag-ingat sa heat stroke at sun-burn,”  Janairo said.

He also encouraged the public to drink lots of water.

“’Yung alam natin na eight glasses of water, kulang ‘yun dahil madali tayong pawisan at ang katawan natin madaling ma-dehydrate sa sobrang init. Mas maraming iniinom na tubig, mas maganda dahil kailangan ito ng ating katawan para maka-replenish agad. Isa ring mabisang paraan ito upang makaiwas sa anumang uri ng sakit ngayong tag-init,” he said.

The DoH official also advised against staying outside from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m..

“Ito ang oras de-peligro dahil sa sobrang init ng panahon maari kang magkaroon ng heat-stroke at sun-burn. Kung maiiwasan, huwag nang lumabas ng bahay, kung kinakailangan naman, dapat magdala ng payong, mineral water at huwag magsusuot ng de-kolor na damit because it attracts heat. Wear light colors at huwag kalilimutang maglagay ng sun-block,” he said.

Calabarzon is among the region which recorded high heat indexes, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), with 43.7° celsius recorded in Ambulong, Batangas and 43.2° Celsius in Sangley Point, Cavite at 2p.m. last April 15.

Senior citizens are also advised to stay indoors during daytime to avoid hypertension asthma, heat stroke, exhaustion, heat cramps, fainting and rashes.

“Drowning is also a concern during holidays, especially those who will be spending time in beaches and swimming pools. We should always accompany our children to avoid any water accident,” the regional director stressed.

Janairo also cautioned the public to avoid foods and drinks that are easily spoiled due to hot weather.

“Remember to stay fit and healthy and not indulge in an eating spree during the hot season,” he said.