Protect yourself from cold weather, health office tells Baguio residents, visitors

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BAGUIO CITY  (PIA) – – Keep yourself warm and healthy,   reminds  the city Health Services Office (HSO) to  residents  and visitors  with low  temperature prevailing  in the city  and expected to get  colder  in the coming days.

HSO Surveillance and Epidemiology Unit head Dr. Donabel Tubera, in a media forum, here advised the public to bring out their jackets, bonnets and mufflers and to keep themselves warm.

Drink  hot water  instead of  more coffee and if they prefer soup, avoid fatty and salty soups, she  addded.

She also advised those have maintenance medicine to take regularly their prescriptions and have a regular check-up.

“The cold weather could give stress to our heart, so take your prescribed maintenance medicine regularly, while for others they should maintain a healthy lifestyle and have a regular exercise or walk”, Tubera stressed.

The health  office  also cautioned  the public to watch out  for Influenza- like Illnesses. Tubera affirmed that based on their experience ,ILI and heart ailments including stroke are prevalent here in the summer capital during the cold season.

Dr. Amelita Pangilinan, Department of Health (DOH-CAR) Assistant Regional Director, reported a 30 percent increase in ILI cases regionwide based on their 2013 – 2014 data. From the 9,976 ILI cases monitored in 2013, it increased to 12,972 last year including around 3,500 cases here in Baguio.

Baguio temperature  has been dropping since December  with the lowest temperature  of 11 degrees Celsius recorded so far .PAG ASA  warns public to expect colder weather up  to February. (JDP/CCD – PIA CAR)

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