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PIA Press Release
2010/02/19

DOH urges public to maintain proper hygiene in hot season

Iloilo City (19 February) -- Despite limited supply of water as the summer nears and due to onset of El Nino phenomenon in Iloilo, the Department of Health (DOH) 6 advised Ilonggos not to be complacent in their personal hygiene especially in handwashing.

"Handwashing is very important in preventing the spread of infection and diseases which are common during hot weather," said Gerry Porras, DOH 6 Integrated Non Communicable Prevention and Control Program Coordinator.

Porras said some of the diseases which are related to scarcity of water are diarrhea and skin disease which are common during the summer season.

"Diarrhea and other food and water-borne diseases could be avoided if proper food handling and storage is being observed by washing the hands and raw foods," said Porras, adding "also, keep food containers clean to avoid bacterial contamination.

Aside from conserving water and using it wisely, Porras advised to protect water resources from contamination since this may lead to other illnesses.

Porras said the hot weather also poses other threats to one's health like heat stroke, heat cramps and dehydration that are associated with high temperatures.

"Always take necessary precautions and avoid too much exposure to the heat of the sun", added Porras.

To further avoid these health effects, Porras said, drink more water, wear light clothing and avoid strenuous physical activities.

Also, he suggested to bring umbrella or anything for protection from the heat of the sun and to use sun protection factor against ultra violet rays. (PIA) [top]

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