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PRC warns against common summer diseases

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) urges the public to be more cautious this summer season to reduce the risk of acquiring illnesses, which may lead to serious health concerns. PRC, led by Chairman Richard Gordon, said every Filipino family should take positive action to prevent heat-induced health problems within their immediate circle. “The recent rise in the measles cases in the country has shown how complacency can result in bigger health concerns. We love our families so we have to practice prevention. Prevention is always better than cure,” Gordon said. Extreme heat can result in water, food, vector and air-borne diseases, such as diarrhea, dengue, measles, influenza, sore-eyes, rabies, hypertension and blood pressure, chicken pox, food poisoning, heat stroke, sunburn and prickly heat rash.

The following are PRC-issued tips to have a problem-free summer:

  • Stay hydrated. Replenish. Drink water only from safe sources. If unsure, boil water.

  • Eat only well-cooked food.

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water.

  • Observe proper food practices.

  • Eat fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods.

  • Avoid direct contact with an infected person.

  • Apply sunscreen creams and lotion with SPF 30 or greater for skin protection.

  • Use wide-brimmed hats and umbrella.

  • Wear light-colored cotton clothing.

  • Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Do not blow your nose hard.

  • Use mosquito-repellant lotion.

  • Maintain proper hygiene.

  • As much as possible, limit sun exposure. If needed, do outdoor activities in the morning or late in the afternoon when it’s cooler.

PRC advises the people to take precautionary measures during these months of vacation, travel and leisure for them to maximize the fun and bonding with their families and friends. For emergency and any untoward incidents, contact our 24/7 Operations Center. Dial 143 or 790-23-00 for assistance.


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