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DOH warns public on 6 common summer diseases

/ 05:06 PM March 31, 2015

As Filipinos observe the Holy Week which marks the start of summer vacation, the Department of Health (DOH) has listed six common diseases which are prevalent during the dry months.

In a statement, Health Secretary Janette Garin identified the diseases as sore eyes, skin diseases, sunburn, cough and colds, food poisoning and rabies.

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“This year, the Holy Week signals the start of summer vacation activities, thus, we are urging the public to keep themselves healthy (in) the midst of their busyness,” Garin said.

The health department warned the public to refrain from doing activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as it could lead to heat stroke. When going out during the said hours, people should apply sunscreen 30 minutes before heading outdoors and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

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“Sunburn can be prevented if you hold your activities in the early morning or late afternoon. Avoid direct exposure to sun between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Hide in the shade or seek cool places to prevent ill-effects of too much sun exposure,” the DOH said.

“Heat stroke is a more serious consequence of too much exposure to sun. This can be avoided by drinking 8-12 glasses of water a day. Holy Week penitents can also benefit from these tips,” it read.

The DOH also said that parents should not leave their children while they are swimming as they are in danger of drowning.

“The real danger in swimming is drowning. Children should not be left alone in the pool or beach,” it said.

Families are also warned about food safety as prepared food is said to spoil faster during the summer months.

Garin also asked the public to observe safety rules when driving.

“Remember to keep yourself healthy and safe. Let us all have an enjoyable, disease-free, and injury-free summer,” she said. RC

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TAGS: colds, cough, Department of Health, Diseases, Food Poisoning, Holy Week, Janette Garin, rabies, skin diseases, sore eyes, summer, sunburn
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