CHO warns residents vs heat-related illness PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 11:31

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

With temperatures in the City peaking at 38-40oC, the City Health Office is advising residents to take necessary care and precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos advised residents to remain hydrated and to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun to prevent heat-related illnesses such as dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

“Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition, and is an emergency,” said Agbulos, noting that it can cause death if emergency aid is not given immediately.

In cases of heat stroke, Agbulos said the immediate response should be to reduce body temperature by sponging or spraying victim with cool water, fanning their body, putting cool packs on pressure areas such as the armpits, the groin, and the back of the neck, and fanning their body.

Meanwhile, Agbulos also advised residents to practice proper storage of water to prevent dengue cases in their area.

For the month of March, the CHO documented 36 cases of dengue. Agbulos said dengue cases typically rise during the rainy months of June and July.

“Now with the scarcity of water…the advisory of the CHO is really to cover all containers onde ta pone kita agua,” he said. — Jasmine Mohammadsali