Beware of heat-related ailments, DOH warns

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III advised the Catholic faithful to stay hydrated and beware of heat-related ailments as they join the observance of this year’s Lenten Week.

“Remember to always carry a water bottle, ready-to-eat meals, and umbrella as you visit churches,” Duque said.

According to the health official, people should follow simple tips to avoid heat stroke and heat exhaustion. “When feeling exhausted or hazy, immediately grab a glass of cold water,” he advised.

Duque also emphasized that those with high blood pressure should stay at home especially between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the temperature of a hot day is at its peak.

Pilgrims are also advised to bring medicines and other necessities, as well as to check their vehicles before hitting the road 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, it is disease-free, worry-free and stress-free all throughout the season,” the health secretary noted.