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Heat can be deadly, 7 deaths have occurred since January






By: Dexter Cabalza – Reporter / @dexcabalzaINQ4 minutes ago


DOH warning: heat can kill, 7 deaths have occurred since January.  GREEN VIEW.  Arlene Clamor, a staff member of Quezon City Hall's landscape team, collects dead leaves on Sunday at a fish farm in Quezon City Hall Park and Lagoon, one of the many green spaces in the city that provide some relief from the intense El Niño weather.  LYN RILLON

GREEN FACE Arlene Clamor, a landscaping team member of Quezon City Hall, collects dead leaves Sunday at a fish farm in the Quezon City Hall Park and Lagoon, one of the many green spaces in the city that provide some relief from the intense El Niño -weather . LYN RILLON

MANILA, Philippines – The public has been warned by the Department of Health (DOH) that prolonged exposure to dangerous heat levels could be fatal.

The DOH warning came amid the scorching weather that has been the norm lately.

About 77 cases of heat-related illnesses were recorded by the DOH between January 1 and April 29, based on their most recent data. According to the DOH, 67 of those 77 cases were between the ages of 12 and 21, or the age groups of college students.

Of the total, seven were reported to have died, but the DOH clarified that it was “yet inconclusive whether these were caused by heat stroke due to insufficient data.”

The deaths could have been caused by heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke, or “heat-affected illnesses,” such as those with underlying heart conditions that are worsened by the warm environment, resulting in high blood pressure.

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Thousands of schools and local government units have suspended in-person classes or work as the heat index has soared in many rural areas.

The heat index measures the discomfort the average person experiences due to temperature and humidity, as opposed to simple temperature measurements of how cold or warm the air is.

According to the DOH, the public should treat heat indices ranging from 33 to 41 degrees Celsius with “extreme caution,” while 42ºC to 51ºC was considered “hazardous.”

“Such temperatures can lead to heat cramps and heat exhaustion, characterized by symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, headache, vomiting and light-headedness,” the DOH said.

Fatal if left untreated

“Prolonged exposure to heat increases the risk of heatstroke, a serious condition characterized by loss of consciousness, confusion or seizures, which can be fatal if left untreated,” it added.

Based on the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) forecast, about 30 places in the country, including Metro Manila, could experience dangerous heat index levels ranging from 42ºC to 47ºC on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

Dagupan, Pangasinan and Aparri, Cagayan were expected to feel a heat index of 47ºC on both days.

DOH warning: heat can kill, 7 deaths have occurred since January.  BEATING THE HEAT.  Children in a community on Blumentritt Road in Manila were able to cool off in an inflatable pool on Sunday.  RICHARD A. REYES

BEAT THE HEAT Children in a Blumentritt Road neighborhood in Manila were able to cool off in an inflatable pool on Sunday. RICHARD A. REYES

The weather bureau warned that several parts of the country could expect dangerous and extreme heat levels (above 51ºC) until the second week of May.

Pagasa said the intense heat was due to the hot and dry season, exacerbated by the weakening effects of the El Niño phenomenon.

So far this year, the highest recorded heat index was 53ºC in Iba, Zambales, on April 28 – approaching the record high of 60ºC in Casiguran, Aurora, on August 14, 2023.

On the other hand, the highest heat index in Metro Manila was recorded at 46ºC in Pasay City on April 24.

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First aid measures

Should any symptom of a health-related illness be observed, the DOH advised the public to take the following first aid measures:

  • Move the person to a shady, cool place and provide ventilation.
  • Remove the person’s outer clothing.
  • Apply cold compresses, ice packs, cold water, or a cold, wet cloth to the skin, especially the head, face, neck, armpits, wrists, ankles, and groin.
  • If the patient is conscious, encourage frequent slow sips of cold water.
  • Contact emergency services or take the person to hospital immediately.

The DOH also urged the public to regularly monitor weather bureau reports and take preventive measures, including drinking plenty of water; avoiding the consumption of iced tea, soda, coffee or alcoholic beverages; limiting time outdoors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; use of sunscreen protection such as hats, umbrellas and sunscreen; and wearing loose-fitting and lightweight clothing.






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