Pangasinan PHO reminds public against common summer diseases

Boy and summer sun

DAGUPAN CITY — The Provincial Health Office (PHO) in Pangasinan reminded the public anew to take necessary precautions against health risks and common diseases brought about by extreme heat during summer time.

Nurse Rhodalia Binay-an of PHO-Pangasinan reiterated the health offices’ advice to the public to take precautionary measures to protect their health against viral diseases such as sunburn, sore eyes, cough and colds, food and water-borne diseases, rabies as well as heatstroke.

Binay-an said to prevent sunburn and heatstroke, the public is advised not to stay under the sun around 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to lessen factors that increase their sensitivity to heat.

“When having activities under the sun like swimming at the beach or river, the public should avoid over exposure to the sun and drink lots of fluids to prevent diseases like sunburn and heatstroke,” Binay-an said during the “Pantongtongan Tayo” (Pag-usapan Natin) radio program of Philippine Information Agency (PIA)–Pangasinan on Tuesday.

For sore eyes, which is a viral infection caused by the dryness of eyes, combined with dust particles and other allergens, Binay-an underscored that the most effective way to prevent this disease is proper hygiene and regular hand washing.

“Huwag po tayong maniwala sa mga sabi-sabi na yong katas ng gatas ng isang ina na ilalagay sa mata ay makakatulong para mapabilis ang paggaling ng soreyes, mali po yon. Ito po ay ipinagbabawal dahil baka lalong maimpeksyon ang ating mata,” she said.

Likewise, she said the public should be wary that flu and colds are still common during summer.

It is because the unpredictable changes of weather condition or climate change that tend to affect the health status of the body.

She also cautioned the public that the warm weather condition easily spoils food that can cause food and water-borne diseases.

“Kung may bubbles at maasim na ang pagkain lalo nakalimutan nating ilagay sa refrigerator, mas mabuting huwag na nating kainin pa,” said Binay-an, adding that spoiled food that causes food-borne diseases can lead to dehydration or serious illness if not treated immediately.

Further, Rachel Zarate, health education and promotion officer of PHO, said that during summer time, animals like dogs and cats also feel discomfort that they are more likely to attack people.

Zarate said in order to prevent rabies, the public should always monitor their pet’s health and be responsible pet owners

She advised all pet owners to get their pets vaccinated against rabies virus, feed them well with clean and not spoiled food, give them clean water to drink and give them a bath everyday.