Editorial: Wetter months ahead

THE Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) officially declared on June 14, 2019 that the rainy season has already begun.

"Rainfall conditions for July are expected to be generally near to above normal over most parts of Luzon and the Visayas, while generally below normal in most areas of Mindanao and southern Visayas," Pagasa administrator Vicente B. Malano said in a statement.

With the onset of the rainy season, the Department of Health has advised the public to prepare against illnesses associated with the season.

In a statement, DOH said diarrhea, water-borne diseases such as typhoid fever, cholera, leptospirosis, and vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue are among the common diseases during the rainy season.

Weather Philippines has also recommended seven simple tips to protect yourself from these rainy day disease -- get vaccinated against some of these diseases; employ rain gear like an umbrella or rain coat; avoid crowded and poorly ventilated areas; avoid close contact with sick people; drink safe water only; drain stagnant water from open containers, drums, old tires, which serve as breeding places of mosquitoes; and not swimming in or avoiding flood waters.

Aside from these tips, we can prevent these illnesses by having a cleaner environment and practicing proper hygiene. Having a healthier lifestyle also helps in building a stronger immune system.

"It is best to arm ourselves with weapons against these diseases even before the onset of the rainy season by building a strong resistance against these illnesses and practicing personal hygiene and environmental sanitation,” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque said.

Though the rainy season has been officially declared, the weather remains unpredictable. With the unpredictability, it is best that we prepare ourselves from anything that may happen to us or to our families.


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