(News Feature)DOH cites ways in coping during typhoons and floods

April 6, 2015 11:11 am 

By Leilani S. Junio

MANILA, April 4 (PNA) — The Department of Health (DOH) reminded the public some ways in preparing for typhoon that may approach the country and can challenge the health system by causing floods, damage to life and sickness.

In its advisory, the DOH said that it is important to tune in to the radio or TV, or log on to the Internet, for regular and latest updates on the weather as a way to be ready.

It also emphasized the need to have an easing to bring emergency kit containing flashlight with extra batteries, transmitter radio with battery, mobile phone, blanket, and clothing.

It also suggested filling up of watertight box/container with canned goods, soda crackers, bottled water, and other ready-to-eat, non-perishable food items.

Senior citizens and those who have maintenance medicine for their sickness are also encouraged to include in their emergency kit their medicine.

During Strong Winds and Heavy Rains:

Watch out for falling debris (roof tiles, signs, GI sheets, tree branches, etc.)

When inside the house or building, do not stay near the windows and watch out for broken glass.

Unplug all electrical appliances.

Stay away from hanging wires and unstable structures.

Do not get close to the riverbank or seashore and follow the evacuation procedure to higher grounds that will be initiated by the officials of the local government units (LGUs) or other officers implementing the disaster mitigation plans.

During Floods, the agency suggested for the following to do:

Evacuate to a higher ground.

Secure children on a higher ground or on a flotation device.

Wear a protective head gear or helmet while evacuating.

Use a rope to secure yourself as you carries the elderly or sick on your back.

Watch out for open manholes or side ditches.

Use a stick to check the safety around your feet when walking on flooded areas.

In calling for help/rescue:

Contact the National Disaster and Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) hotlines: (02) 911-1406, (02) 912-2665, (02) 912-5668; Philippine National Police (PNP) Hotline Patrol: call 117 or send TXT PNP to 2920.

In addition to that, the health agency also discourages children from wading in floodwaters to avoid diseases, such as leptospirosis.

It likewise noted the importance of maintenance of personal hygiene through frequent handwashing before and after eating and using the toilet when staying in evacuation centers.

Moreover, the agency added that it does not allow donation of infant formula on evacuation centers and instead promote breastfeeding for mothers to their babies.(PNA)

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