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Be healthy this summer

 
BEFORE you head to that long-planned summer getaway, here are some simple and effective tips to make your vacation memorable and trouble-free.

I find this health tips from the Department of Health useful for any given season or occasion.

Some known summer conditions known to men include food and water-borne diseases. These are:

1. Typhoid
2. Cholera
3. Hepatitis A
4. Food Poisoning
5. Other Diarrheas

• Sore Eyes
• Measles (Tigdas)
• Mosquito-borne Diseases
– Dengue
– Malaria
• Other Conditions
– Sunburn
– Prickly Heat

Handling Food and drinks

• Cook food properly
• Preferably, food must be eaten immediately after cooking (while still hot)
• Leftover food should be refrigerated and reheated before being eaten
• Food handlers should wash their hands before and after food preparation
• If sick, avoid preparing food for others
• Avoid drinking water and iced beverages of doubtful quality
• If water quality is doubtful, boil drinking water for at least 2 minutes
• Peel and wash fruits / vegetables before eating
• Wash hands before and after eating

At the beach

• Do not allow children to swim without the company of an adult
• Avoid staying under the sun without scanty clothes for more than 3 hours as this predisposes to sunburn, heat exhaustion and worst, heat stroke
• Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, especially during exercise and sports activities

While on the road

• Check vehicle well before going on a trip
• Bring repair kit with you
• When drunk, never attempt to drive

Now, don’t forget to bring extra clothes with you and oh your camera, too! Have fun!

Extremely hot summer months

I heard that we are going to experience an extremely “hot” summer this year because of the El Nino phenomenon. The El Nino phenomenon is characterized by extreme climactic conditions – either extreme temperature rise with a little rainfall, and the opposite extreme, unusually heavy rainfall. The news said the El Nino will bring forth potential health risks to the public.

The Department of Health has issued health advisory to inform the public about the health risk of El Nino. They also share tips on how we can protect ourselves with the diseases common during summer months.

Diseases related to El Nino:
Diarrhea
Cholera
Skin diseases (due to water scarcity or shortage)
Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (due to red tide blooms)
Heat cramps
Heat exhaustion
Heat stroke (due to high temperatures)
Diseases common during summer time:
Sunburn
Sore eyes (increasing cases)
Flu
Chickenpox
Measles (cases have reach outbreak proportion)
Hypertension
What we can do:
Conserve water and protect it from contamination
Drink more fluids
Avoid strenuous physical activities
Wear light clothing
Listen to updates on shellfish bans

Do you have any activities or idea that you may add to the list above? How about sharing them here? Any suggestion will be appreciated. I may write a different post about it with your link(s) in it. Thanks!

Beat the summer heat! (and some notes to avoid getting sick)

BEFORE you head to that long-planned summer getaway, here are some simple and effective tips to make your vacation memorable and trouble-free.

I find this health tips from the Department of Health useful for any given season or occasion.

Some known summer conditions known to men include food and water-borne diseases. These are:

1. Typhoid
2. Cholera
3. Hepatitis A
4. Food Poisoning
5. Other Diarrheas

• Sore Eyes
• Measles (Tigdas)
• Mosquito-borne Diseases
– Dengue
– Malaria
• Other Conditions
– Sunburn
– Prickly Heat

Handling Food and drinks

• Cook food properly
• Preferably, food must be eaten immediately after cooking (while still hot)
• Leftover food should be refrigerated and reheated before being eaten
• Food handlers should wash their hands before and after food preparation
• If sick, avoid preparing food for others
• Avoid drinking water and iced beverages of doubtful quality
• If water quality is doubtful, boil drinking water for at least 2 minutes
• Peel and wash fruits / vegetables before eating
• Wash hands before and after eating

At the beach

• Do not allow children to swim without the company of an adult
• Avoid staying under the sun without scanty clothes for more than 3 hours as this predisposes to sunburn, heat exhaustion and worst, heat stroke
• Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, especially during exercise & sports activities

While on the road

• Check vehicle well before going on a trip
• Bring repair kit with you
• When drunk, never attempt to drive

Now, don’t forget to bring extra clothes with you and oh your camera, too! Have fun!