DOH warns against heat stroke ahead of dry season

Marje Pelayo   •   March 11, 2019   •   2337

FILE PHOTO: Some local tourists beating the summer heat at Morong Star Beach Resort in Bataan. (WEBSTER MOLDEZ / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines – The weather agency PAGASA has not yet declared the official start of dry season.

Even so, the Department of Health (DOH) reminds the public to keep safe from diseases or ailments associated with the increasing hot temperature, specifically, heat stroke.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in an interview that heat stroke or heat exhaustion is already possible at this time.

Heat stroke is considered as a medical emergency usually associated with hot and humid conditions and prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.

It is very much possible when the body lacks fluid or dehydrated.

Duque said school children and the elderly are the most prone to heat stroke as they are the ones who easily get dehydrated.

The Health Secretary advises the public to avoid staying outdoors especially between 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as “it is bad for the body to be exposed during those times.”

Likewise, the DOH continues to remind the public to drink plenty of water rather than having tea, coffee, or soda that are considered ‘diuretic’ or drinks that only increase the excretion of water from the body in a form of urine.

Too much urination can dehydrate the body and can cause loss of body fluids as well as electrolytes. — Marje Pelayo

Libu-libong manok sa Laguna namatay dahil umano sa heat stroke

Robie de Guzman   •   October 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nasa 43,000 manok na inaalagaan sa isang poultry farm sa bayan ng Nagcarlan, Laguna ang nangamatay dahil umano sa matinding init.

Noong Martes ng hapon nagsimulang mamatay ang mga manok matapos mawalan ng supply ng kuryente sa de-aircon na kulungan ng mga ito.

Tunnel ventilation ang gumagana sa poultry farm kaya sobrang init kapag nawalan ng kuryente.

Ayon kay Nagcarlan Municipal Agriculturist Abeth Lucas, may generator naman sa gusali ngunit pumalya ito kaya tuluyang nawalan ng bentilasyon sa kulungan na nagresulta sa pagkamatay ng mga manok.

“Namatay kasi yung ventilator kaya kumbaga nagkaroon ng heat stroke yung mga manok. Stroke siya gawa ng nawalan ng kuryente tapos pinaandar yung generator nag-bog down naman generator, yung mga fan hindi gumana,” ang wika ni Lucas.

Nakatakda na sanang i-deliver ang mga manok nang mangyari ang insidente.

Tinatayang aabot sa P6 milyon ang halagang katumbas ng mga namatay na manok.

Upang huwag masayang, ipinamigay na lamang ang mga manok sa mga residente ilang oras matapos mamatay.

“Hindi lang ho residente dito mga barangay ng Nagcarlan, ibang barangay ng Masiit nga. Tuwang tuwa naman sila,” ang pahayag ni Minda Ido, ang chairperson ng Barangay Maravilla sa Nagcarlan.

Inilibing naman ang mga manok na hindi na napakinabangan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Mac Cordova)

Beat the heat: How to prevent heat exhaustion, heat stroke

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 5, 2020

Metro Manila recorded the highest air temperature so far on Monday (May 4).

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) recorded a soaring 36.5 degrees Celsius or an equivalent to a heat index of 41.0 degrees Celsius

With the intense heat and the ongoing enhanced community quarantine, anyone can suffer from heat exhaustion.

Heat exhaustion is a condition marked by weakness, nausea, dizziness, and profuse sweating that results from physical exertion in a hot environment.

Emergency Doctor Dr. Rich Santos said heat exhaustion can result in heat stroke. Heat stroke happens when an individual’s temperature reaches 41 degrees Celsius.

“Pwede ring magkaroon ng manifestation na nagkakaroon ka ng totoong stroke gaya ng paghina ng katawan. Kapag tumagal ka sa ganoong kundisyon pwede itong maging sanhi ng pagkamatay, (You can also have manifestations of a real stroke like fatigue. If the condition lasts if might become a cause of death)” he said.

Santos also said that recovering from a heat stroke can take weeks to months.

Symptoms of heat stroke:

  • Warm, flushed skin
  • Faintness
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Very high fever of 41°C
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Convulsion
  • Unconsciousness

Here are several lifesaving tips when someone is having heat exhaustion or heat stroke:

  • Move the person to a shady spot or indoors
  • Have him/her lie down with legs elevated
  • If able to drink liquids, have him/her sip cool water
  • Remove clothing, apply cool water to the skin, & fan the person
  • Apply ice packs to the armpits, wrists, ankles & groin

The Department of Health (DOH) said to always keep hydrated to prevent heat exhaustion and schedule heavy-duty activities for the beginning or end of the day, when it’s cooler. AAC

Police cadet dies during training exercise in Cavite

Marje Pelayo   •   May 16, 2019

Al Rasheed Pendatun Macadato

MANILA, Philippines – Cadet fourth class Al Rasheed Pendatun Macadato collapsed during a run on Tuesday afternoon (May 14) at Camp General Mariano Castañeda in Silang, Cavite.

The 21-year-old was taking part in the new cadet summer training program of the Philippine National Police Academy.

“Nagkaroon sila ng exercise at road run. Pagkatapos ng road run nila ng ala-singko ng hapon habang nagwa-warm down at stretching ay nakaramdam ng pagkahilo,” explained PNP Spokesperson Police Col. Bernard Banac.

(They had an exercise and a road run. After the road run around 5:00 p.m. during their warm down and stretching exercises, he [Macadato] felt dizzy.)

According to the PNPA, he was rushed to the Camp’s health dispensary and later to Qualimed Hospital in Sta. Rosa, Laguna where he was admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU).

But Macadato passed away on Wednesday (May 15).

Banac said the attending physician ruled out hazing as the cause of Macadato’s death.

Macadato died of heat stroke, according to the PNPA, as they were required to do some pull ups and running when he collapsed.

The PNPA said the hot weather may have affected the cadets’ training exercises and promised to look into the possible lapses in the training program.

“Patuloy itong iniimbestigahan ng pamunuan ng PNP…inaalam nila ang kaniyang medical records kung meron mang indikasyon o prone o maaaring naka-apekto, nakatulong at nakapagdulot ng kanyang pagkahilo,” the official said.

(The PNP leadership are investigating the case…they are looking into his medical records to see if there are existing conditions that may have contributed to his dizziness.)

Macadato was one of the 285 Fourth Class Cadets accepted in May 1, 2019 by the PNPA. Their batch was on their 10th training day when the incident happened. – (with details from Lea Ylagan) Marje Pelayo

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