A FARMER on Tuesday died from a heat stroke in Pangasinan.
The victim was Noli Arcilla, 58, of Malasiqui, Pangasinan.
Arcilla was last seen watering plants in a farm in Bgy. Tomling, Malasique town when found lifeless by children picking java plum (duhat) at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
The kids immediately informed the family of Arcilla.
According to the victim’s family, Arcilla had health conditions. They said Noli had a heart problem and diabetes.
The Arcillas believed he died of heat stroke.
Earlier, the Provincial Health Office reminded Pangasinenses to stay indoors or in shaded areas, particularly from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., remain well hydrated, and avoid strenuous activities amid dangerously high heat index being experienced in the province.
PHO chief Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa de Guzman said people, especially those with heavy work, and those who work under the direct heat of the sun such as construction workers and traffic enforcers, should regularly drink water.
“Heatstroke is actually a medical emergency so we have to keep our bodies hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water a day or more,” she said.
According to De Guzman, a high heat index might result in heat exhaustion and heat stroke that would possibly cause instantaneous death.
The province has been experiencing extreme heat since last week.
The highest heat index in Pangasinan was recorded last May 12, at 52 degrees Celsius.
Health experts said heat index between 41 to 54 degrees Celsius is considered life threatening.