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DOH Cautions Public Against Heatstroke in These Heat Season

DOH – The Department of Health warned the public against heatstroke in these hot and humid season.

The heat season is here so the DOH advised all the Filipino people to be vigilant of the signs of heat exhaustion.

This could cause from minor to a serious form of heat injury like failing of major organs in the body and may even cause death.

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Symptoms of heat stroke include altered mental state, rapid breathing, abnormally high body temperature, and heavy sweating.

Filipinos should drink water frequently, wear loose clothes, wear light-colored shirts and avoid staying for a long period outside.

Even though the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) hasn’t officially announced the start of dry season or summer, the DOH just warn the public about heatstroke.

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Based on a report from Inquirer, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III stated that a heat stroke is considered a medical emergency. People who are exposed to direct sunlight for a long period, doing an exercise or having a dehydrated body are at risk of heatstroke.

“Heatstroke. Heat exhaustion. These are already possible,” said Duque.

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According to the report, the Health secretary addressed the warning for the young and old because they are the ones who get dehydrated easily.

“The older ones and the babies and children, they are the ones that easily get dehydrated.”

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Based on the report, the DOH Secretary advised all the Filipino people to limit the amount of time spent outside outdoors.

“Avoid being under the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s bad for the body to be exposed during those times,” he said.

It is suggested that we should prefer drinking water instead of soft drinks, tea, alcoholic beverages, and coffee during the hot days.

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