DOH CALABARZON reminds public to stay hydrated amid heat

CALAMBA CITY, May 18 (PIA) - The public must take extra precaution to avoid dehydration as the country experiences tremendous heat. 

In separate press releases, the Department of Health Center for Health Development Region IV-A reminded the public to keep themselves hydrated and avoid staying out of the sun to avoid getting sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. 

“Hangga’t maari ay iwasan nating lumabas ng bahay mula alas-9 ng umaga hanggang alas-3 ng hapon dahil ito ang pinakamainit na oras na makakapagdulot ng masamang epekto sa ating kalusugan,” Regional Director Eduardo Janairo said, emphasizing that staying indoors is most helpful in preventing exposure to too much heat. 

[As much as possible, let us avoid leaving the house between 9 A.M. and 3 P.M. because these are the hottest hours [of the day] and  can negatively affect our health.]

The region’s top doctor added that staying in the coolest part of the house, staying in the shade away from direct sunlight when outdoors, wearing light colored clothing and drinking plenty of water help regulate body temperature and prevent heat stroke. 

Aside from staying indoors, proper hydration amid the hot weather is very important as the human body is composed of 70 percent water, which diminishes when the body releases fluids through urine or sweat. 

As additional sources of hydration, the health department also recommends eating watery fruits, such as watermelon, singkamas and buko juice which contain electrolytes, potassium, magnesium, sodium and calcium. 

“Huwag ding kalilimutan ang pinya na may 87 porsyento ng tubig at may vitamin C na makakatulong magpalakas ng resistensya at makakatulong ding panlaban sa Covid-19,” Janairo emphasized.

[Let us not forget that pineapples contain 87 percent water and vitamin C which help strengthen our resistance against COVID-19.]

Meanwhile, nursing mothers must breastfeed regularly as it provides 88 percent of water and nutrition needed by infants. .

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) the highest heat index was recorded in Dagupan City, Pangasinan with a maximum of 51°C on May 8.

Meanwhile, Sangley Point in Cavite registered a maximum heat index of 46 °C, while Ambulong, Batangas (42 °C) and Tayabas City, Quezon (37 °C) reported higher temperatures last May 12. (PB/DOH 4-A)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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