The looming El Niño can increase the spread of infectious diseases, the Department of Health (DOH) warned.
Due to the extreme temperatures, scarcity of clean water, and frequent rains, the following diseases may be contracted by the public during El Niño: diarrhea, sunburn, fatigue, heat cramps/stroke, food poisoning, asthma, nausea and other diseases due to consumption of food affected by Red Tide, cholera, typhoid fever, and other vector-borne disease such as dengue.
The DOH also shares these tips with the public on protecting themselves from El Niño heat stroke and exhaustion:
- Hydrate yourself always drink water;
- Refrain from going out from 10 am to 3 pm;
- Wear sunglasses, sunscreen, and light clothes; and
- Bring an umbrella whenever you go out in the sun.
Meanwhile, to prevent the occurrence of dengue, the DOH reminds the school administrators and the public on the 5S Strategy, which is:
- Search and destroy mosquito breeding sites;
- Uphold self-protection like using insect repellents;
- Seek early consultation at the nearest health care facility;
- Support fogging, spraying, and misting in hot spot areas; and
- Sustain hydration.
“The implementation of the 5S strategy calls for everyone to become prime moves in controlling the mosquito population and in avoiding any possible dengue deaths within the community,” the DOH said.
Furthermore, the DOH reminds everyone that health and consultation services are available through the primary care and KonsulTayo services.
The DOH assured that it is active in providing awareness to strengthen community participation and involvement.