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Thursday, January 24, 2019

‘Help public cope with summer heat’

WITH days expected to get hotter starting this month, the Cebu City Council asked the water district to provide free water in places where crowds gather.

City officials also asked the Department of Health (DOH) and the City Health Department (CHD) to offer blood pressure monitoring services for free.

In his resolution approved during the council session last Wednesday, Councilor Alvin Dizon asked the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD), the CHD and DOH to offer the said services particularly in bus and public utility jeepney (PUJ) terminals.

“Higher temperatures associated with the phenomenon increase the risk of heat stroke, which results from prolonged exposure to high temperatures usually in
combination with dehydration,” Dizon said.

Last month, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported that the country is experiencing mild or weak El Niño.

The phenomenon may last until the middle of the year, Pagasa said.

“One of the risk factors for the development of heat stroke includes inadequate water intake especially in a hot environment and the precautions to take to
prevent heat stroke is to drink extra fluids and to be conscious of the rise of the body’s blood pressure,” the resolution read.

Dizon observed that since last month, bus and PUJ terminals have been crowded, with passengers leaving teh city for a vacation.

He said the City and concerned government agencies should help the public by setting up water and blood pressure monitoring stations in places where people converge.

The MCWD said it will refer the request to the board.

“We will refer the request to the MCWD Board of Directors who represents the public. We also need to know the duration of the request for free drinking water stations and what measures will be put in place to prevent pilferage,” MCWD public affairs manager Chairmaine Rodriguez-Kara said.

She added that the water district has to continue to be an efficient water service provider by avoiding pilferage since they are supplying to more than 160,000 households.
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