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Jaime Guerrero, an information officer of the DOH Bicol regional office, said that while people were enjoying the heat of summer, they should be aware of the "6S" diseases.
6S, Guerrero said, stands for sore eyes, suka at tae (vomitting and abnormal bowel movement), sakmal ng aso (dog bite), sipon at ubo (colds and cough), skin diseases and sunburn.
As soon as summer started, the DOH already released advertisements, commercials and advisories to prevent the 6S diseases that could ruin one's summer vacation.
Guerrero said that when mistreated, sore eyes can lead to blindness.
"More than just eye irritation, it can easily be due to harmful bacteria or viruses that easily spread to other people. Hand washing can limit its spread. Health experts advise not to use eye drops without consulting a doctor," he said.
Suka at tae, he added, follows the consumption of contaminated food or drinks.
"Be cautious of street foods and also those prepared for out-of-town trips. Always have oral rehydration salt solution ready in case one suffers from diarrhea and seek early consultation to prevent severe dehydration," the DOH officer advised.
Sakmal ng aso can lead to rabies if wounds are not washed and cared for properly, so make sure dogs are vaccinated against rabies, he said.
Sipon at Ubo easily spreads during summer months as erratic weather brings sudden downpours from time to time.
Sakit sa balat is another common summer disease in areas where water becomes scarce and that daily bathing is compromised.
"Sunburn can be prevented if you hold your outdoor activities in the early morning or late afternoon.
Avoid direct exposure to sun between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Heat stroke is a more serious consequence of too much exposure to sun," Guerrero said, adding, "This can be avoided by drinking 8-12 glasses of water a day."
The Provincial Health Office of Albay said there were 612 victims of the 6S in the summer of 2014.
"As summer is getting hotter, you must be conscious of your health. Look for the things that might help you enjoy summer without having the 6S," Guerrero said. —by Nicolle Jude Lloren(PNA)