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DOH gives safety tips for travelers
Queenie Payay
Health, 4-13-2014


The Department of Health cautioned the public against summer-related illnesses.

Food poisoning, diarrhea, ailments associated with warm weather and injuries while on travel are among the reported cases commonly attended to during summer.

To avoid diarrhea, the DOH said raw food should be separated from cooked food. Left-over foods should be properly covered, refrigerated, and reheated before eating.

Always cook food thoroughly and keep them at safe temperature.

Consumers must also check the label and expiration dates of the food and drinks when buying to avoid food poisoning.

It is also a must to wash hands before preparing food especially after using the toilet or changing diapers. Preferably also wash hands before and after eating. And always make sure to wash fruits and vegetables properly.

For travelers to go back to their respective homes safe and sound, vehicular accidents should be avoided. In doing so, always check and ensure that the vehicles are in good condition before going on a trip. It is recommended to bring repair kits and always drive with caution. Never drive when drunk.

While on the beach, do not allow children to swim without the assistance of an adult. Also, avoid staying under the sun for more than three hours or from 10 o’clock in the morning to 2 o’clock in the afternoon as this may result to sunburn, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. And always drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated.

DOH also warns travelers to be cautious concerning sore eyes because of several interactions and exposure to other people while on a trip.

DOH recommends consulting doctors immediately if infected. If this illness is not given the proper attention, it could lead to blindness caused by bacteria and other infectious micro-organisms.



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