CHO warns public vs summer diseases Print
Saturday, 17 March 2018 13:11

By: R.G. Antonet Go

With the onset of summer in Zamboanga City, the City Health Office (CHO) is warning the public to be careful as summer diseases may hit them if they are not careful with their lifestyle.

Dr. Ivy Rozeth Saavedra-Iturralde, head of the  City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit said in an interview that the very hot weather may bring heat stroke, viral infection, skin diseases, influenza, chicken pox, measles, and sore eyes.

Aside from these ailments, she is also asking the public to be careful when it comes to storing food since the heat usually spoil many kinds of food and may cause food poisoning.

She is advising the public to avoid direct exposure to sunlight, drink more water, and wear sunglasses for eye protection.

Meanwhile, the high temperature this summer will also encourage more people to go to beaches and swimming pool.

Hence, she is urging parents to watch over their children while swimming in beaches and pools to avoid from drowning and catching diseases.

She reminded the public that before and after bathing, always rinse themselves to remove the bacteria that may be derived from the beach or pool.

Skin diseases, possible diarrhea, and ear infection are the most common ailments which can be obtained from bathing in dirty or contaminated water.

Aside from these, parents must ensure that they are lifeguards on duty in beaches and swimming pools for their children.

Likewise, the sanitary inspectors are also reminded to conduct regular inspection to make sure these facilities have duty lifeguards always.. (R.G. A A. Go)