DOH issues warning against summer diseases

The Department of Health in Western Visayas warned beachgoers in this resort island to be vigilant against the so-called “6S of summer”.

This is in line with the recent announcement of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) that summer has officially started in the Philippines.

The 6S of summer includes sunburn, sore eyes, heat stroke, skin diseases, sunburn and stomach ailments, according to Dr. Marilyn Convocar, DOH regional director.

“Tourists who are visiting the beaches like that of Boracay should bring for themselves sunblock protection and a bottle of water. One must also wear colored shirts so that it would be cool to our eyes,” she said.

Convocar said tourists and residents must also avoid long exposure to the sun as it may cause problems to their health in the long run.

She also stressed the importance of drinking enough water in a day, which is eight to 12 glasses of water apart from other fluids.

“It’s very important to hydrate. Drink clean water even if you are not thirsty, and that’s outside of other fluids. Drinking fruit juice and similar liquids are not counted as a glass of water,” she added.

Proper and frequent hand washing should also be observed to avoid sore eyes or conjunctivitis, a condition which may lead to blindness.

Cough, colds and flu also easily spread during the summer, which is why the DOH –Western Visayas reminded the elderly to get their flu vaccine shots before the onset of the flu season in June.

She also warned against swimming in dirty water or unmaintained public swimming pools.

JUN ARIOLO AGUIRRE

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