16 public hospitals on code white alert for the Traslacion

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 7, 2020   •   311

Starting Thursday (January 9), 16 public hospitals in Metro Manila will be on code white alert in preparation for the Traslacion.

There will also be 14 health response teams to be deployed in strategic areas during the Traslacion to provide emergency medical services.

In a statement, the Department of Health (DOH) said “medical specialists are placed on stand-by for the immediate treatment of incoming patients, while emergency service personnel, nursing, and administrative personnel are placed on on-call status for immediate mobilization.”

The DOH also advised the public to wear comfortable clothes, protective foorwear, and hats to prevent heat exhaustion. The health department also advised to bring umbrella or ponchos in case of rain.

The public is also advised not to wear jewelries or bring expensive gadgets.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Beat the heat: How to prevent heat exhaustion, heat stroke

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 5, 2020

Metro Manila recorded the highest air temperature so far on Monday (May 4).

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) recorded a soaring 36.5 degrees Celsius or an equivalent to a heat index of 41.0 degrees Celsius

With the intense heat and the ongoing enhanced community quarantine, anyone can suffer from heat exhaustion.

Heat exhaustion is a condition marked by weakness, nausea, dizziness, and profuse sweating that results from physical exertion in a hot environment.

Emergency Doctor Dr. Rich Santos said heat exhaustion can result in heat stroke. Heat stroke happens when an individual’s temperature reaches 41 degrees Celsius.

“Pwede ring magkaroon ng manifestation na nagkakaroon ka ng totoong stroke gaya ng paghina ng katawan. Kapag tumagal ka sa ganoong kundisyon pwede itong maging sanhi ng pagkamatay, (You can also have manifestations of a real stroke like fatigue. If the condition lasts if might become a cause of death)” he said.

Santos also said that recovering from a heat stroke can take weeks to months.

Symptoms of heat stroke:

  • Warm, flushed skin
  • Faintness
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Very high fever of 41°C
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Convulsion
  • Unconsciousness

Here are several lifesaving tips when someone is having heat exhaustion or heat stroke:

  • Move the person to a shady spot or indoors
  • Have him/her lie down with legs elevated
  • If able to drink liquids, have him/her sip cool water
  • Remove clothing, apply cool water to the skin, & fan the person
  • Apply ice packs to the armpits, wrists, ankles & groin

The Department of Health (DOH) said to always keep hydrated to prevent heat exhaustion and schedule heavy-duty activities for the beginning or end of the day, when it’s cooler. AAC

No need for gyms, DOH advises public to exercise at home amid ECQ

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 28, 2020

The Department of Health (DOH) urges the public to exercise at home amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

With the extension of the ECQ in high-risk areas, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said they are still not going to recommend opening fitness gyms.

She said fitness centers are among the establishments that will remain temporarily closed to prevent the further spread of the virus.

“Sa tuwing iminumungkahi namin na mag-exercise para palakasin ang ating resistensiya, ang ibig naming sabihin dito ay ehersisyo sa loob ng ating bahay hangga’t makakaya, (Every time we suggest exercising to improve your immunity, we mean to exercise inside your homes as much as possible),” she said.

Meanwhile, there are barangays that conduct zumba classes while adhering to social distancing protocols. AAC

Residents across the globe get creative during home quarantine

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 23, 2020

A number of countries kicked off last week with a national lockdown, ordering citizens to stay at home to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVD-19).

While under quarantine, residents also have to maintain a healthy lifestyle — physically and mentally. 

Italy has recorded over 59,000 COVID-19 cases with more than 5,00 deaths. The Italian government continues to address the alarming rise of COVID-19 cases in the country while reminding its citizens to practice social distancing and to remain in their homes.

On lockdown since March 9, Italians, have been turning to their love for music to help them cope with the situation. Videos showed residents singing from their balconies.

In Bamberg, Germany, residents sing ‘Bella Ciao’ on their balconies in solidarity with Italy during the COVID-19 quarantine.

Athletes in Mexico still found ways to play their favorite sport. From a post of badminton player Lino Muñoz, he said they will not stop playing even during quarantine.

“Fourth day without stepping in a court, but we don’t stop” his post reads in Spanish.

In the Philippines, these musicians dedicated a song for their fellow Filipinos during the enhanced community quarantine. With their instruments, they recorded their version of Heal Our Land in their homes and compiled it into a video.

“Nabuo ang isang video na ito bilang handog para sa mga Filipino lalo na sa mga Bulakenyo bilang panawagan sa pagkakaisa at pagkakapit-bisig upang labanan ang NCOV19, (This video was formed for the Filipinos especially the Bulakenyos as a call for unity and cooperation to fight [COVID-19]” the post reads. — AAC

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