Public advised to drink, eat in moderation on holidays
Marje Pelayo • December 26, 2018 • 1655
MANILA, Philippines – People tend to eat and drink too much when party events and merry-makings abound during the holiday season.
But according to the Department of Health (DOH), the public should observe moderation especially when eating sweets, oily and salty foods as well as drinking alcoholic beverages to avoid falling ill or from figuring in an accident.
The DOH said, the holiday season should not be made as an excuse to binge-eat and drink as these might cause one to suffer from the so-called ‘holiday illnesses’ such as heart attacks, hypertension and high cholesterol.
“Lahat ng blood sugar level mataas, lahat ng cholesterol mataas, mataas ang mga BP ng mga pasyente. So ayun iyong holiday illnesses natin talaga, heart attack, stroke pa rin (The sugar level, cholesterol, blood pressure of the patients increases and lead to “holiday illnesses” like heart attack and stroke,”) explained Usec. Eric Domingo.
Based on the data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, heart complications remain to be the leading cause of death among Filipinos, followed by neoplasms, pneumonia, hypertensive and diabetes.
Health experts say this is due to smoking, too much alcohol intake, not eating of proper food and lack of exercise.
The DOH advises people who experience dizziness, difficulty in breathing and headache after eating, particularly those who have a history of having ‘holiday illnesses’, to immediately seek medical consultation.
The agency adds that revelers should also avoid driving when they have taken too many drinks.
“Nagkakaroon din ng spike ang vehicular accident (There is a spike in vehicular accident cases due to drinking alcohol,)” the official said.
Aside from moderation in eating and drinking during the holidays, the DOH also advises the public to carefully check the meat they are buying from the market and to cook it thoroughly to avoid diarrhea and food poisoning.
Consumers should also read and check the expiration date of food items. – Grace Casin
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) has tapped the service of military hospitals amid following the declaration of national dengue alert.
According to DOH Spokesperson Eric Domingo, they have asked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to be on standby in case the number of dengue cases increases beyond government hospitals’ capacity.
“Ang PNP at ang AFP natin may mga hospitals din naman sila and we have to network with them in case na talagang dumami ang pasyente (The PNP and the AFP also have hospitals and we have to network with them in case the number of patients increases),” Domingo said.
“Halimbawa may mga lugar na malayo sa amin tapos sila may hospital maari kaming makipagtulungan para ma- admit din ang mga pasyente sa mga hospitals nila (There are certain areas beyond our reach where military hospitals are located. We can ask for help to admit the patients there in their hospitals),” he added.
On Wednesday (July 17), Health Secretary Francisco Duque III met with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Health Cluster to discuss measures to curb the sudden rise of dengue infections in the country.
The DOH is in cooperation with other agencies like the Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in implementing actions in schools to prevent dengue, in educating the public on the dangers of dengue infection, and in coordinating with the local government units in destroying potential breeding grounds of dengue-carrying mosquitoes in different areas in the country.
“Kailangan talaga sa schools maglinis tayo, ma- educate natin iyong children at iyong parents kung paano iyong dapat natin gawin to prevent itong dengue at tsaka meron tayong changes sa mga patakaran sa school, (We need to have regularly clean up drive in schools and we need to educate the children and the parents on what to do to prevent dengue. Also, we have changes in school regulations,)” the DOH Spokesperson said.
Likewise, among the agencies’ action plans include designation of additional hospital rooms for dengue patients through Philippine Red Cross and the construction of extra hospital tents which can be used for emergency.
Domingo stressed the need to always be alert in providing the medical needs of dengue patients in order to prevent further deaths caused by dengue infection this year.
The DOH advises households to dispose stagnant water and dirty containers where dengue mosquitoes may breed.
Install protections such as window and door screens.
Likewise, do not let your child play or come near areas where mosquitoes are breeding.
“Maganda pa rin talaga naka- pantalon at long sleeves ang mga bata para hindi siya makakagat ng lamok (It is better to have your child wear long pants and long sleeves to prevent mosquito bites),” Domingo advised.
The DOH, as always, reminds the public to immediately bring the patient to the nearest hospital if symptoms of dengue manifest.
The agency can be reached through the DOH hotline numbers 711-1001 and 711-1002 for inquiry about dengue. — with reports from Aiko Miguel
Dengue cases in Zamboanga Peninsula rose to 81 percent, according to the Department of Health (DOH) 9. Cases had reached 1,743 from January 1 to March 7, 2019.
Based on the report of the DOH 9, Zamboanga City reported 719 dengue cases, a 213% increase compared to the same period last year which recorded 230 cases. Zamboanga del Norte, on the other hand, recorded 499 cases which is a 222 percent increase from last year’s 155 cases.
Meanwhile, Zamboanga Sibugay recorded 175 dengue cases; Isabela City , Basilan, 99 cases; and Zamboanga Del Sur with 251.
The DOH reminds residents to implement the 4-S campaign against dengue and work on controlling the mosquito population.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III previously said, “The first step to prevent dengue is within our homes. It is important to remove any space or container that can hold unnecessary stagnant water which may become breeding sites for mosquitoes.”—Aileen Cerrudo
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