Health authorities bare summer health tips
by Jemin B. Guillermo
Roxas City (4 March) -- The vacation and fiesta season in the Philippines will start very soon, as the month of March has already commenced.
Associated with the summer season are the various ailments and recreation injuries that need to be given attention by the public.
To enjoy a worthwhile vacation, the Department of Health has advised the public to observe precautionary measures, particularly on food and water-borne diseases such as typhoid, cholera, Hepatitis A, food poisoning and other diarrheas.
The health authorities also warned the public on the occurrence of sore eyes, measles, mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria, as well as other conditions like sunburn and prickly heat.
As precautionary measures for food and drinks, the DOH reminds the public to cook food properly, and preferably, food must be eaten immediately after cooking or while it is still hot.
Left-over food should be refrigerated and reheated before being eaten, food handlers should wash their hands before and after food preparation, and if sick, one should avoid preparing food for others.
Other health tips include avoiding drinking water and iced beverages of doubtful quality, or if water quality is doubtful, the water should be boiled for at least 2 minutes, fruits or vegetables should be peeled and washed before eating, and washing of hands before and after eating should be done.
While at the beach enjoying the breeze, children should not be allowed to swim without the company of an adult who can swim and is not drunk, staying under the sun with scanty clothes for more than 3 hours should be avoided as to much heat will cause sunburn, heat exhaustion and even heat stroke.
For those who wanted to have a tan, drinking plenty of fluids so as not to get dehydrated is advised.
Earlier, Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral reminded the Filipinos that while summer is for fun and festivities, good health should always be put on top of the people?s priorities, especially that the country is experiencing extreme climatic condition, particularly extreme heat with little rainfall, due to the El Niņo phenomenon. (PIA) [top]