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Bong Go warns public of “danger” level heat index

April 1, 2024 People's Journal 93 views

Bong1SENATE Committee on Health chairperson Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go expressed alarm after the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported very high heat index in several parts of the country last Tuesday.

PAGASA said at least nine areas in the country registered heat index considered as “danger” level already. A heat index ranging from 42 to 51 degrees is considered as “danger” level.

This was exacerbated by the start of the dry season and the ongoing El Nino phenomenon. Heat index in Roxas City hit 44 degrees Celsius while San Jose in Occidental Mindoro, Masbate, Butuan and Iloilo City had heat index of 43 degrees last Tuesday.

Areas with a degree lower were Pili in Camarines Sur, Puerto Princesa City and Pasay City, also on that same day.

“Ayon sa awtoridad, inaasahang tataas pa ang heat index natin sa bansa dahil kakaumpisa pa lang ng ating tag-init. Andyan din ang El Niño na nagdudulot ng mas mainit na temperatura. Kaya mag-ingat po tayo at alagaan ang ating kalusugan,” Go said.

PAGASA expects the heat index to reach as high as 52 degrees or higher, already classified as “extreme danger” level, until May.

“Isang malaking risk dito ay heat stroke, maliban sa heat exhaustion. Upang maiwasan ito, ugaliing uminom ng sapat na tubig at huwag magbabad sa araw hanggang maaari. Proteksyunan natin ang mga bata at matanda,” Go explained.

Last March 23, a 71-year-old man, known as “Tony”, died after he fell from his motorcycle in Roxas City. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital. The attending doctor said that Tony died of heart attack caused by heat stroke.

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