Be safe, be healthy on holidays, DOH says

By: Izobelle T. Pulgo December 14,2016 - 10:26 PM
DOH nurse Erika Datan and Dr. Shelbay Blanco discuss health issues during a PIA forum.  (CDN Photo/Lito Tecson).

DOH nurse Erika Datan and Dr. Shelbay Blanco discuss health issues during a PIA forum. (CDN Photo/Lito Tecson).

FILIPINOS should not compromise on their health and safety when it comes to celebrating the Christmas season, the regional office of the Department of Health (DOH-7) said yesterday.

Dr. Shelbay Blanco of DOH-7 said they asked the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to help them enforce the “Iwas Paputok” or firecracker ban in the region.

He said they are asking local governments to hold their own community fireworks display to discourage households from using firecrackers to celebrate both Christmas and New Year which may lead to injuries and accidents.

As far as eating is concerned, Blanco advised Cebu residents and visitors to eat and drink in moderation during the holiday feasts.

A bottle of beer is equivalent to two cups of rice while an eight ounce bottle of soda is equivalent to a cup of rice, Blanco said.

“We should be responsible merry-makers. We should watch what we eat and drink. Everything in moderation since anything in excess can harm our health,” Blanco said.

Blanco warned that the holidays cause different lifestyle-related diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, strokes and heart diseases.

“Let’s avoid eating too much lechon (roast pig) and carbohydrate-rich food like pasta and rice,” he said. Blanco also reminded everyone to ease up on drinking liquor.

Leftovers should be properly stored in order to prevent them from spoiling, which could lead to food poisoning if consumed, he said.

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