Cebu City Health Dept. reminds public: Hydrate amid heat
CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Health Department (CHD) reminds the public to hydrate as temperatures rise due to the approaching summer season.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Association (PAGASA) has recorded up to 32 degrees Celsius atmospheric temperatures in the past days with a heat index of up to 37 degrees Celsius.
CHD officer-in-charge, Doctor Jeffrey Ibones, said that the public must be careful when going out at peak hours and encouraging them to wear light-colored clothing and use umbrellas for shade.
“Magdala tag alcohol, mokaon ta sa saktong kaon, matulog ta sa saktong oras, kanang inom, tabako kung mahimo unta maundang na ilang mga bisyo. Kana gyod importante gyod karong naa tay pandemya nga atong atimanun atong lawas,” said Ibones.
He added that drinking water is a must to stay hydrated when traveling or working under the sun.
The public is warned against usual summer diseases such as rashes and other skin conditions due to the extreme heat. Frequently moving from areas with varying temperatures such as malls after going outside may also cause common colds.
People are also warned of heat stroke and sunburn, both of which are very common during the summer days.
Ibones encouraged the public to take care of their bodies this summer to protect themselves not only from sun-borne diseases but also against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). /rcg
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