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Public warned vs heat stroke

CHIDREN along with their dog take a dip in Manila Bay to beat the heat despite the warning of the Department of Health (DoH) about the contaminants found in its water. DoH said industrial, domestic and human waste are all present in the waters of the bay. (MB photo | Ali Vicoy)

CHILDREN along with their dog take a dip in Manila Bay to beat the heat despite the warning of the Department of Health (DoH) about the contaminants found in its water. DoH said industrial, domestic and human waste are all present in the waters of the bay. (MB photo | Ali Vicoy)

The Department of Health (DoH) has reminded the public to observe measures against heat stroke as temperatures continue to rise these days.

“Too old and too young are specially at risk of developing heat stroke,” said DoH Secretary Francisco Duque III in an interview with reporters on the sidelines of his rounds in some hospitals in Quezon City earlier this week.

Based on the DoH Health Advisories, heat stroke is the most severe form of heat illness “when the body overheats and cannot cool down.”

When heat stroke happens, the body cannot “take off excessive heat by sweating because of dehydration and/or humid environment.”

Duque said that everyone should know how to be protected against heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses because of their debilitating effects on the body.

As an advice, Duque said that avoiding direct exposure from the heat of the sun is a way to prevent heat exhaustion.

These can be done by bringing some protective stuffs against the heat of the sun such as umbrella, cap and even fans that can help lessen the excessive heat.

Wearing light and cool clothing is also advised and most importantly bringing clean drinking water and keeping oneself hydrated.

He added that heavy activities that are usually done when the heat of the sun is at its peak should be scheduled when its cooler or if possible in cool area.

“It is also important to know some ‘warning signs’ so that immediate preventive measures could be applied,” he said.

Heat stroke is characterized by warm, flushed skin, faintness, dizziness, weakness, headache, very high fever of 41 degrees Celsius, rapid heartbeat, convulsion and unconsciousness.

“During very hot and humid weather, one should limit the amount of time spent outdoors; drink plenty of water; avoid tea, coffee, soda and alcohol; wear a wide-brimmed hat and long-sleeved clothing when outdoors,” the Health Chief said. (PNA)

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