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DOH warns public against heat stroke this Holy Week

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The Department of Health has urged the public to keep hydrated, particularly this coming Holy Week where Filipinos do their traditional Visita Iglesia.

“Remember to always carry a water bottle, ready-to-eat meals and umbrella as you visit churches,” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said on March 26.

He noted that these tips can avoid diseases that are rampant during the dry spell such as heat stroke or severe exhaustion.

“When feeling exhausted or hazy, immediately grab a glass of cold water,” Duque said.

He also warned penitents or those having themselves nailed on the cross to make sure that nails and other sharp objects to be used during the penitential act are well-sterilized to avoid contracting tetanus infection.

Hypertensive or people with high blood pressure are advised to stay home, especially between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. usually when the temperature is at its peak, as hypertension can be aggravated by severe heat and too much sun exposure.

The health department also advised to avoid bringing small children or babies in crowded places to prevent them from contracting diseases.

When travelling during the Holy Week, the public is advised to bring medicines along with other necessities as a safety precaution.

“The DOH is one with the Christian community in observing the solemnity of the Holy Week. We would like to emphasize that it can also be enjoyable if it is disease-free, worry-free and stress-free all throughout the season,” Duque said.

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