DOH: Watch out for 6 diseases in summer

April 18, 2019 | Casandra E. Balala, BicolMail.Net

LEGAZPI CITY — As people seek fun and entertainment to enjoy summer, the Department of Health in Bicol (DOH-5) alerted the Bicolanos against six common diseases that can adversely affect their health during the hottest time of the year.

Dubbed as “6s,”diseases such as; “sore eyes, sunburn; sipon at ubo (cough and colds); suka at tae (stomach ailments); sakit sa balat (skin diseases); and sakmal ng aso (dog bite)” tend to be prevalent during summer according to DOH-5.

DOH-5 said sore eyes or conjunctivitis could lead to blindness when mistreated due to harmful bacteria or viruses that can easily spread to other people.

On the other hand, sunburn can be prevented if people avoid direct exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and use sunscreen appropriately for skin protection.

Too much exposure to sun can also cause heat stroke—a more serious consequence, DOH-5 officials said.
DOH-5 Health Education and Promotion Officer Kenn Nuyda discusses the “6S” or six common diseases this summer season during an interview at the Media Kapihan, April 2, 2019.

“People should drink 8 to 12 glasses of water a day to prevent heat stroke and dehydration, especially those Holy Week penitents,” said Kenn Nuyda,  DOH- 5 health education and promotion officer.

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