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Watch out for summer ailments, public advised
AS the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) officially declared the onset of the ‘dry’ or summer season, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) urged the public to take extra precautions and watch out for common heat-related illnesses, which may lead to serious health concerns.
The PRC said extreme heat can cause heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and water, food, vector, and air-borne diseases (e.g., diarrhea, dengue, measles, influenza, sore eyes, hypertension and blood pressure, chicken pox, food poisoning, heat stroke, sunburn, and prickly heat rash).
PRC chairman and CEO Richard Gordon reminded Filipinos to remain vigilant this summer season while enjoying family gatherings, travels, and celebrating fiestas and important events to avoid hospitalization.
“Ang mga sakit na dulot ng sobrang init ay may dalang panganib sa ating mga pamilya partikular sa mga bata kaya naman hinihikayat ng Red Cross ang bawat isa na panatilihin ang pagiging alisto sa kasagsagan ng ating mga summer activities,” added Chairman Gordon.
To reduce the risk of developing heat-induced diseases, the PRC is urging the public to practice the following summer safety tips to have a problem-free summer:
1. Stay hydrated and replenish your water intake often. Drink water only from safe sources. If unsure, boil the water.
2. Wash hands frequently with soap and water. Maintain proper hygiene at all times.
3. Eat only well-cooked food since under-cooked food spoils quickly. Observe proper food handling and storage.
4. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious foods.
5. Apply sunscreen lotions with SPF 30 or greater for skin protection.
6. Use wide-brimmed hats and umbrellas when outdoors.
7. Wear light-colored cotton clothing. As much as possible, limit sun exposure from 11 am until 3 pm.
8. Try to do outdoor activities in the morning or in the late afternoon hours when it’s cooler.
9. Use mosquito repellent when needed.
10. Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. When blowing your nose, do it gently.
11. Remember to avoid direct contact with persons you suspect to be infected.
For emergencies or any untoward incidents, you can contact PRC’s 24/7 Operations Center at 143 or 790-23-00.