DOH cautions public from buying ‘palamig’ or ‘halo-halo’ PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 April 2012 14:22

The Department of Health (DOH) has advised the public to be cautious in buying of “halo-halo and palamig,” which are available everywhere this summer days.

Medical specialist II Manuel Mapue, Infectious Disease coordinator of DOH-Center for Health Development-Metro Manila, said that the public should take an extra precautions nowadays in buying of refreshments so as not to compromise their health.

“Siguraduhin na ang bilbilhin nila na tubig, yelo sa halo-halo, o palamig ay malinis. Be cautious. Pwedeng pamatid uhaw pero buhay mo naman ang nakasalalay diyan,” Mapue said.

He advised the public to buy to vendors or someone in their neighborhood whom them know who practice hygiene or get water or crushed ice from safe sources.

Accordingly, crushed ice or water sources from the refreshments could be contaminated due to unsanitary handling such as getting a coliform bacteria found in the feces of man and other warm-blooded animals.

The public may risk themselves of getting diarrhea, cholera, hepatitis A, typhoid fever etc. through indiscriminate buying of street foods, or demand cold drinks or refreshments, Mapue said.

He urged the public to personally prepare their own foods or these refreshments for the safety of their families.