Negrenses warned vs heat stroke

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Monday, March 17, 2014

THE Provincial Health Office (PHO) is warning Negrenses against heat stroke with the onset of summer.

Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, head of PHO, issued the warning after a police officer in Hinobaan died last week of suspected heat stroke.

The victim was identified as 35-year-old Police Officer 2 Leroy Prado.


Senior Inspector Jesus Misajon, chief of Hinobaan Police Station, said Prado was conducting patrol operation with operatives of the Bantay Dagat Task Force when he lost consciousness.

He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Tumimbang said that those who have heart, kidney and lung diseases should avoid too much exposure to sunlight especially during days when temperature is high.

The first symptoms of heat illness occur as the body temperature climbs above normal, and can include headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps and fatigue. These early symptoms sometimes are called heat exhaustion.

If steps are not taken to reduce body temperature, heat exhaustion can worsen and can become heat stroke.

Heat stroke is a serious, potentially life-threatening form of heat illness. The body temperature rises to 105 degrees Fahrenheit or higher and a person develops neurological changes, such as mental confusion or unconsciousness.

At these high temperatures, body proteins and the membranes around the cells in the body, especially in the brain, begin to be destroyed or malfunction. The extreme heat can affect internal organs, causing breakdown of the heart muscle cells and blood vessels, damage to internal organs, and death.

"We should drink plenty of water to avoid heat stroke," Tumimbang said.

Aside from heat stroke, the PHO chief also warned the public against rabies and skin allergies that are usually rampant during summer.

Because of heat, dogs are usually restless and temperamental, he noted, adding that cases of dog bites usually climb during summer.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 17, 2014.

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