PHO warns public of heat stroke, sore eyes during summer
THE Provincial Health Office (PHO) has warned the public against common diseases during the dry season.
It can be recalled that on May 1 this year, the state weather bureau recorded a 51 degree Celsius heat index in Dagupan City, the highest body temperature in the entire country.
Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa De Guzman called on workers, particularly, construction workers and traffic enforcers to stay hydrated by regularly drinking sufficient amounts of water.
De Guzman said, high heat index can result in heat exhaustion and heat stroke that can cause instantaneous death.
“Heat stroke is actually a medical emergency so we have to keep our bodies hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water a day or more,” she said.
Aside from sore eyes, a sunburn and skin diseases, PHO is also monitoring the possible cases of gastroenteritis due to food poisoning.
“We are also monitoring the cases of gastroenteritis because food poisoning is also very common during the dry season,” she added.
De Guzman noted that foods with “sarsa” can easily be contaminated.
She also urged businesses selling halo-halo and other refreshments to use clean ice and ingredients to protect the welfare of their customers. (Jerick Pasiliao)
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