by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Monday, March 11th, 2019
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
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019
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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