VICE presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has urged health officials to launch a massive information drive on how to cope with the extreme heat the country is currently experiencing.
The Ilocano senator made the call on Thursday as the temperature reached dangerous levels evidenced by the heat index, recorded by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), in Cabanatuan City (Nueva Ecija) reaching 52.3 degrees Celsius at 2 p.m., Tuesday, higher than the 51 degrees recorded on Monday.
Last March, a certain Vanessa Teñosa,28, a trainee of police Special Action Force, collapsed and died.
Doctors said she suffered from cardiac arrest secondary to stroke.
Tenosa is survived by her husband and three-year-old daughter.
Marcos suggested to the Department of Health (DOH) to propagate at the community level measures and actions that will prevent heat stroke and other health risks.
“I think it’s wise to go directly to the people and orient and update them about the problem as well as teach them preventive ways. Especially in communities where you usually see children playing under the sun, they need to be warned,” he said.
Heat index between 41 to 54 degrees is already considered dangerous and may cause cramps, exhaustion and even heat stroke.
Marcos said the DOH should mobilize barangay (village) health workers because they are the ones who are familiar and known to the communities.
He added that health workers and village personnel should also be trained on first aid treatment in order to competently attend to heat stroke victims.
“It seems that this weather aberration will be with us for a long time. Health workers should be familiar in first aid treatment of a heat stroke victim,” the senator said.
JAIME R. PILAPIL