The DoH-Calabarzon declared the warning on summer-related diseases with the anticipated influx of domestic and international tourists in the different resorts in the region, particularly in the province of Laguna.
Some of the best tourist destinations in the country are found in Calabarzon.
DoH regional director Dr. Eduardo Janairo told the public to be careful of their health and to be equipped when spending a holiday with families and friends.
“Summer is officially here and we should take precautionary measures and be on-guard against summer-related diseases such as sore eyes, cough and colds, skin diseases, typhoid, hepatitis, cholera, measles, diarrhea and rabies. Kailangan din nating mag-ingat sa heat stroke at sun-burn,” Janairo said.
He also urged the public to drink lots of water.
“’Yung alam natin na eight glasses of water, kulang ‘yun dahil madali tayong pawisan at ang katawan natin madaling ma-dehydrate sa sobrang init. Mas maraming iniinom na tubig, mas maganda dahil kailangan ito ng ating katawan para maka-replenish agad. Isa ring mabisang paraan ito upang makaiwas sa anumang uri ng sakit ngayong tag-init,” he said.
The DoH official also advised against staying outside from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Calabarzon is among the region which recorded high heat indexes, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), with 43.7° celsius recorded in Ambulong, Batangas and 43.2° Celsius in Sangley Point, Cavite at 2p.m. last April 15.
Senior citizens are also recommended to stay indoors during daytime to avoid hypertension asthma, heat stroke, exhaustion, heat cramps, fainting and rashes.
“Drowning is also a concern during holidays, especially those who will be spending time in beaches and swimming pools. We should always accompany our children to avoid any water accident,” the regional director emphasized.
News source: People’s Journal