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DOH warns against heat stroke ahead of dry season

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, March 11th, 2019

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

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Police cadet dies during training exercise in Cavite

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 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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9 Practical tips to prevent heat stroke

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Image by Ryan McGuire from Pixabay

Enjoy the summer heat without having to worry about heat stroke.

Heat stroke happens when your body overheats due to severely high temperature. There are cases when heat stroke can cause death.

Here are some tips to prevent heat stroke:

  1. Water is your best friend, stay hydrated.
  2. Tea, coffee, and alcohol are your enemies, they make you more thirsty.
  3. Wear chill clothes: they are brightly colored, loose and made of light materials.
  4. Dark clothes: not chill. Don’t join the dark side.
  5. Wear hats, or bring an umbrella. Less direct sun exposure the better.
  6. Unleash your inner vampire. Don’t spend too much time in the sun.
  7. If you’re going to do strenuous tasks, do it at night if possible.
  8. A fan or a mini-electric fan is a must-have.
  9. Improvise. Create a home-made air-con made out of plastic bottles. Poke a few holes around the bottle before filling it with ice. Place at the back of the electric fan. Voila! Instant air-con.

READ: M. Manila temperatures to hit 38 degrees Celsius in April — PAGASA

With temperatures rising up to 38 degrees, it is better to do these preventive measures to stay cool in the summer heat.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Mon Jocson)

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It’s official! PAGASA declares onset of dry season

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, March 22nd, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The state weather agency PAGASA officially declared the official start of the dry season in the country on Friday (March 22).

PAGASA explained that the shift of wind direction from northeasterly to easterly in most parts of the country signifies the termination of the northeast monsoon.

However, occasional northeasterly wind still prevails over extreme Northern Luzon.

PAGASA warned that the persistent weak El Niño that is affecting large areas in the country “may result to prolonged dry spell and hotter air temperatures in the coming months.”

For this reason, the public is advised to take precautionary measures to minimize heat stress and keep hydrated to prevent heat stroke.

The agency also reminded the public “to optimize the daily use of water for personal and domestic use”. — Marje Pelayo

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