Health and summer
Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
With the weather bureau having officially announced the start of the summer season, the Department of Health has warned the public against the “6S” of summer or the diseases which tend to be prevalent during these months.
The 6S of summer diseases are sore eyes, sipon at ubo (cough and colds), skin diseases, sakmal ng aso (dog bite), sunburn and stomach ailments. Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial issued the reminder in a press briefing on health tips to avoid summer illnesses.
Ubial reminded the public to avoid exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as these are the hours with the highest temperatures during the dry season. “The condition of people with hypertension can be aggravated with severe heat and too much sun exposure,” she said.
The health secretary also stressed the importance of hydration, reminding the public to take at least eight to 12 glasses of water a day apart from other fluids. Proper and frequent hand washing is also encouraged to avoid sore eyes or conjunctivitis, a condition which may lead to blindness.
Furthermore, Ubial warned of the spread of skin diseases such as boils in areas where water supply is scarce and people are unable to take regular baths. She also discouraged swimming in dirty water or poorly maintained swimming pools.
With cough, colds and flu also spreading easily during the summer, the DOH reminded the elderly to get their flu vaccine shots before the onset of the flu season in June.
Taking advantage of the summer season that provides many opportunities for fun and bonding under the sun means being adequately prepared for whatever comes with the weather. When it comes to keeping healthy so we can enjoy they season, keeping the 6S of summer in mind should help. Being aware of our surroundings as well as the limitations of our bodies will help us adapt to the heat as we go about our days, whether at work or play, under the scorching summer sun.*