Watch out for summer diseases and how to avoid them – MINDANAO SUN

Watch out for summer diseases and how to avoid them

Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay – The Department of Health (DOH) had cautioned the public take extra measures against summer diseases as temperatures in the country are at its highest.

These diseases include food and water-borne diseases (such as typhoid, cholera, hepatitis A, food poisoning and diarrhea); sore eyes; measles or tigdas; mosquito-borne diseases (such as dengue and malaria); and skin diseases such as sunburn and prickly heat.

Dr. Rolando Bucoy, a medical officer at the DOH Regional Office, said during the Second Quarter Media Forum held here Friday, April 26 the human body has difficulty in keeping up with temperatures above 25 degrees Celsius.

The ideal temperature for the human body is between 24 to 25 degress Celsius.

He reiterated some useful tips to help everyone stay away from summer diseases.

Be careful in eating/drinking:

  • Cook food properly.
  • Eat food immediately after cooking or while it’s still hot.
  • Refrigerate leftover food and reheat before eating.
  • Wash hands before and after food preparation, and before and after eating.
  • Avoid preparing food for others if already sick.
  • Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. Avoid drinking water and iced beverages of doubtful quality.
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Make sure to wash and peel them before eating.

When at the beach:

  • Do not allow children to swim without the company of an adult who can swim and is not drunk.
  • Avoid staying under the sun for more than 3 hours.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
  • Wear light clothing.

While on the road:

  • Check your vehicle before going on a trip
  • Always bring a repair kit in case of accidents and emergencies.
  • When drunk, never attempt to drive.

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