DoH-11 issues holiday health advisory

Subscribe Now December 23, 2011 at 10:15pm

The Region-11 office of the Department of Health (DoH-11) here has reminded the public on the importance of maintaining good health and avoiding accidents this holiday season. DoH-11 Director Teogenes Baluma sent out the health advisory for people to observe during the holidays, saying that “parties and Noche Buena meals should not be a reason for health deterioration.”

Among the health tips include the preparation of a well-balanced party and Noche Buena meals, ensuring the presence of fruits and vegetables, along with specialty foods.

Baluma reminded the public to eat in moderation, choose nutritious foods, and avoid too much fat and sweets.

“This is good for the heart,” he said.

Another reminder is to drink plenty of water and juice drinks to facilitate excretion.

People are also urged to get enough sleep to sustain with the activities, and continue doing regular exercises.

To avoid accidents during the holidays, Baluma advised the public not to use fireworks and firecrackers.

Meanwhile, the local government here continues to enforce the banning of trade and transport, and exploding of firecrackers in the entire city.

The city was the first in the country to impose the banning of firecrackers under City Ordinance No. 060-02, Series of 2002, or the Davao City Ordinance on Firecrackers.

It was gathered that other local government units (LGUs) have since replicated the said regulation.

Merry-making can be done by the use of some other things that make noise such as toy trumpets (torotot), drumbeats, and loud music, among others, Baluma stated.

The DoH official also warned the public to be careful in buying gifts especially for the children.

He advised the public to buy toys with no pointed or sharp edges, and not to buy too small items that can cause choking to the children.

Baluma has also a warning for drivers not to drive under the influence of alcohol to avoid accidents.

“Stay alive and whole for the coming year. It’s the best gift for our loved ones,” Baluma emphasized.

In another development, the Mines and Geoscience Bureau (MGB) here of the Region-11 office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-11) said geohazard mapping and assessment in the Davao Region will be completed in 2013.

Wilfredo Moncado, MGB Davao acting chief of the mine management division, said out of the 49 cities and municipalities in the region, only eight towns and villages underwent the MGB’s geohazard mapping and assessment.

MGB Davao is targeting to complete the geohazard mapping and assessment in the entire region by December 2013, Moncado said.

“It’s not yet completed. The geohazard assessment of eight municipalities and barangays out of 49 cities and municipalities are done, the remaining balance has a target completion in December 2013,” he said.

Geohazard maps will significantly help in providing better management of the government’s disaster risk reduction efforts, he said.


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