Mayor Gordon on the Health Impacts of El Niño
“I would like to remind Olongapeños to take extra care with their health, especially now that the temperature seems to be increasing everyday,” said Mayor James “Bong” Gordon Jr.
“According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA), hotter days could be expected due to the dry spell brought about by the El Nino phenomenon and the onset of the summer season. This extremely hot weather carries with it its own effects on health, so we need to inform the public so they can safeguard themselves against the potential health risks,” Mayor Gordon added.
“Due to extreme heat, diseases such as dengue, malaria, diarrhea, cholera, skin diseases, sore eyes flu, chickenpox, measles, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke may arise,” said Dr. Arnildo Tamayo, City Health Officer. “To avoid these diseases, we must always observe cleanliness in our homes and take good care of our body. Always take a bath, drink plenty of fluids, avoid too much exposure in the sun and wear cool and comfortable clothes,” advised Dr. Tamayo.
Meanwhile, PAGASA also warns the public of the possibility of a heatwave as Metro Manila experienced the warmest day at 35.8 degrees Celsius last week and two people died of heatstroke in the country last weekend.
“Heat stroke is the most severe form of heat illness resulting from a long and extreme exposure to the sun and is a life-threatening emergency. This summer, we are advising residents and tourists to take care while enjoying their time in the city’s beach and resort areas,” said Mayor Gordon.
Adverse effects of heatstroke can be prevented thru the following:
1. By drinking plenty of fluids during outdoor activities, especially on hot days. Choose water and sports drinks instead of tea, coffee, soda and alcohol as these can lead to dehydration;
2. By wearing lightweight, tightly woven, loose-fitting clothing in light colors;
3. By scheduling vigorous activity and sports for cooler times of the day;
4. By wearing a hat, sunglasses and using an umbrella; and
5. By increasing the time spent outdoors gradually to get your body used to the heat.