Health department issues health advisory for summer season

By JEMIAH B. GUILLERMO of the PIA

WITH the onset of the summer season starting March to May, which is also vacation time and fiesta season in the country, the Department of Health (DOH) has issued a health advisory to caution the public.

The health advisory is focused more on avoiding food poisoning, diarrhea, heat-associated ailments and recreation-associated injuries.
On food and drinks, the DOH advised the public to cook food properly.
Preferably, foods must be eaten immediately after cooking or while it is hot.

It is also advised that left-over foods should be refrigerated and reheated before being eaten.

Food handlers should wash their hands before and after food preparation. If sick, avoid preparing food for others.

Avoid drinking water and iced beverages of doubtful quality.

If water quality is doubtful, boil drinking water for at least two minutes.

Peel and wash fruits or vegetables before eating; and wash hands before and after eating.

At the beach, do not allow children to swim without the company of an adult who can swim and is not drunk.

avoid staying under the sun with scanty clothes for more than three hours as this predisposes to sunburn, heat exhaustion and the worst, heat stroke; and should you want a tan, drink plenty of fluids so as not to dehydrate yourself.

While on the road, check your vehicle very well before going on a trip, bring your repair kit with you, and when drunk, never attempt to drive.

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