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DOH: Watch out for 6 diseases in summer

LEGAZPI CITY --- As people seek fun and entertainment to enjoy summer, the Department of Health in Bicol (DOH-5) alerted the Bicolanos against six common diseases that can adversely affect their health during the hottest time of the year.

Dubbed as “6s,”diseases such as; “sore eyes, sunburn; sipon at ubo (cough and colds); suka at tae (stomach ailments); sakit sa balat (skin diseases); and sakmal ng aso (dog bite)” tend to be prevalent during summer according to DOH-5.

DOH-5 said sore eyes or conjunctivitis could lead to blindness when mistreated due to harmful bacteria or viruses that can easily spread to other people.

On the other hand, sunburn can be prevented if people avoid direct exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and use sunscreen appropriately for skin protection.

Too much exposure to sun can also cause heat stroke—a more serious consequence, DOH-5 officials said. DOH-5 Health Education and Promotion Officer Kenn Nuyda discusses the “6S” or six common diseases this summer season during an interview at the Media Kapihan, April 2, 2019.

“People should drink 8 to 12 glasses of water a day to prevent heat stroke and dehydration, especially those Holy Week penitents,” said Kenn Nuyda, DOH- 5 health education and promotion officer.

“Sipon at ubo” (colds and cough) can easily spread this summer season. Nuyda advised Bicolanos to boost their immune system by eating fruits and vegetables and by having enough rest or sleep.

“Suka at tae” or diarrhea is another common disease during summer that is associated with the consumption of contaminated food or drinks.

According to DOH, food spoils easily during summer months so the public should be cautious of foods they bring during travel.

“Make sure that the sources, even the containers of water we drink, are clean. It is very important that our source of water be not contaminated by bacteria that might affect our stomach,” Nuyda stated.

He added that people should consistently practice proper hygiene to avoid skin disease or “sakit sa balat.” This disease can be acquired while bathing especially in dirty or poorly maintained public swimming pools. Lastly, Nuyda said “sakmal ng aso” or dog bite is common since some people often play with their pets and tag them along their travels or trips. Animal bite possibly lead to rabies if the wounds are not washed and cared for properly. If adverse symptoms appear consult a doctor immediately.

With the threat posed by the six common diseases, DOH-5 urged the public to practice proper hand washing, proper hygiene, and to avoid crowds. (PIA-5)

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