MANILA, Philippines – If you cannot afford to cool off in the mall or in the provinces, at least avoid the sun between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., or stay home during weekends to avoid heat stroke.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III issued this advice to the public Friday after noting the danger of heat stroke amid the hot summer weather.
“Iwasan natin ang labis na pagbibilad sa init ng araw. Ang 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. na araw kailangang huwag kayo magpapabilad. Kung di maiwasan, gumamit ng payong at siguraduhing nakakainom ng tubig, 8 to 12 glasses a day (Let’s avoid staying under the hot sun, especially between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. If you cannot avoid going out at the time, at least drink plenty of water, about 8 to 12 glasses a day),” Duque said in an interview on dzRH radio.
He said the danger of dehydration and heat stroke may likely affect young children and the elderly.
Duque said heat stroke occurs when the temperature gets so hot that the body can no longer generate perspiration to cool itself.
“Kailangan kung di naman kinakailangan lumabas pa doon kayo sa loob ng bahay at magpahinga kayo lalo sa weekend (If you do not need to go out during the weekend, try staying home),” he said.
On the other hand, he said those suffering from heat stroke should be cooled off immediately with ice water.
“Ang unang emergency measure ay paliguan ng may yelong tubig para bagsak agad ang temperature (The first emergency measure is to cool the victim with ice water so the body temperature can go down),” he said.