March to May is vacation time and fiesta season in the country. To avoid food poisoning, diarrhea, heat associated ailments and recreation-associated injuries, the public is advised to take the following precautions.
Food and Water-borne Diseases
- Hepatitis A
- Food Poisoning
- Sore Eyes
- Measles (Tigdas)
- Mosquito-borne Diseases
- Prickly Heat
Food and drinks
Cook food properly.
- Preferably, foods must be eaten immediately after cooking (while still hot).
- Left-over food should be refrigerated and reheated before being eaten.
- Food handlers should wash their hands before and after food preparation.
- If sick, you should avoid preparing food for others.
- Avoid drinking water and iced beverages of doubtful quality.
- If water quality is doubtful, boil your drinking water for at least 2 minutes.
- Peel and wash fruits / vegetables before eating.
- Wash hands before and after eating.
At the beach
- Do not allow children to swim without the company of an adult who can swim and is not drunk.
- Avoid staying under the sun with scanty clothes for more than 3 hours as this predisposes to sunburn, heat exhaustion and the worst, heat stroke.
- Should you want a tan, drink plenty of fluids so as not to dehydrate yourself.
While on the road
- Check your vehicle very well before going on a trip.
- Bring your repair kit with you.
- When drunk, never attempt to drive.
Source: Department of Health