80% of lightning survivors sustain long-term damage

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 24, 2019   •   2202

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Specialists say that 80% of lightning survivors sustain long-term damage.

Based on scientific data, around 24,000 individuals died after getting struck by lightning while around 240,000 survived the strike.

However, experts say that surviving a lightning strike can still lead to severe long-term damage.

According to aesthetic dermatologist Dr. Catherine Dela Rosa-Porciuncula some of the long-term damages include nerve and muscle injuries, hearing loss, and cardiac problems.

“Kapag tinamaan ng kidlat ang ating puso ay very prone ito sa cardiac arrest, to arrhythmia at iba pa pong saikit sa puso kasi tumatakbo ang ating puso sa mga tinatawag nating electrical conduction (If we get struck by lightning, it is very prone to cardiac arrest, to arrhythmia and other heart diseases because our heart runs in what we call an electrical conduction),” she said.

She also advise to take the victim straight to the hospital.

“Kapag lightning hindi mo aantayin, idi-diretso mo siya sa hospital, sa ER. usually kapag nagiging unconscious sila or nag-develop ng seizures, ine-electric shock (You have to take him straight to the hospital, usually if they become unconscious or develop seizures they experience electric shock),” she adds.

Experts advise to remain inside the house and stay away from electric posts or any metal during lightning. They also said to avoid having any gadgets near the body.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Health, environmental advocates urge not to burn trash in cemeteries

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 28, 2019

Health and environmental advocates urge the public not to burn trash especially in cemeteries during the observance of Undas.

In a joint statement, public health expert Dr. Maricar Limpin and zero waste campaigner Jove Mendoza said there are health and environmental dangers in burning trash.

Exposure to these pollutants can cause breathing difficulties and trigger asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses, especially among children, the elderly and those already suffering from weakened immune systems,” Limpin said.

Meanwhile, Benosa reiterated that burning trash in public is prohibited. He said among the laws banning and penalizing open burning are Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, and Republic Act 8749, or the Clean Air Act.

“Instead of burning discards, we appeal to cemetery administrators and visitors to follow the provisions of RA 9003, which requires the segregation of discards at source and their ecological management such as by composting the biodegradables and recycling the recyclables,” said Benosa.—AAC

Bong Go: Duterte plans to have one-week break after ASEAN Summit

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 24, 2019

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (L) arrives at the Imperial Palace to attend the enthronement ceremony of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, in Tokyo, Japan, 22 October 2019.  EPA-EFE/CARL COURT/POOL

President Rodrigo Duterte plans to have a one-week break according to Senator Bong Go on Thursday (October 24).

This is after the chief executive suffered a lumbar muscle spasm caused by a minor motorcycle accident on October 16.

Go said the president will have his one-week break in Davao after attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bangkok, Thailand on November 2.

“One week po ang gustong pahinga ng ating mahal na Pangulo para naman po gumaling iyong sakit na nararamdaman niya sa likod niya po dahil sa pagkadisgrasya po sa motor (Our beloved president will have a one-week break for his back pain to heal after he had a motorcycle accident),” he said.

Go clarified that the President will not have a leave of absence and will still continue his paperwork.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Palace: The President is presently feeling much better

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 24, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte is feeling “much better” according to the statement of Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Thursday (October 24).

Panelo said the president underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and medical evaluation on Wednesday (October 23).

“He was diagnosed to be having muscle spasms causing what he described to be an ‘unbearable pain at the pelvic and spinal area’ of his body,” he said.

He added that the doctors has advised the Chief Executive to rest for a couple of days and limit his physical activity.

“The President was advised by his doctor to rest, as well as to take medicines that will relieve him of the pain caused by the muscular spasms,” according to Panelo.

Panelo also confirmed the President will meet with Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua on Thursday to discuss several infrastructure projects in the country.

The President will also continue his local and foreign engagements despite his health situation.

Meanwhile, the presidential spokesperson and the Department of Foreign Affairs have belied reports that President Duterte’s delegation was “snubbed” during the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito in Japan, causing the President to shorten his visit in the said country.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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