DOH warns against 6 diseases in summer
Last Wednesday, the weather bureau has officially announced the start of the summer season.
The Department of Health warned against the “6S” which tend to be prevalent during these months. The 6S of summer diseases are sore eyes, sipon at ubo (cough and colds), skin diseases, sakmal ng aso (dog bite), sunburn and stomach ailments.
DOH Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial reminded the public to avoid exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as these are the hours with the highest temperatures during the dry season.
Ubial issued the reminder on Friday in a press briefing on health tips to avoid the summer illnesses.
“The condition of people with hypertension can be aggravated by severe heat and too much sun exposure,” she said.
The health secretary 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,” Ubial said.
Proper and frequent handwashing should also be observed to avoid sore eyes or conjunctivitis, a condition which may lead to blindness.