MANILA, Philippines -- Five days before the opening of classes, Department of Health (DOH) assistant secretary and spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag shared tips for parents and students to stay fit and healthy in school.
First, he said children should always get enough sleep because lack of sleep weakens the immune system.
"Hinayaan niyong mapuyat ang mga bata ngayong summer, eh sa Lunes maagang papasok. Sanayin niyo nang matulog ng maaga," Tayag said.
He said parents should also have their children's eyes and ears checked. "Kasi baka mamaya 'yun pala ang dahilan bakit mahina sa klase. Hindi lahat ng bata malinaw ang paningin at pandinig," he explained.
Parents should also make sure their children are eating safe and healthy food.
Tayag warned, "Ang pagkaing madaling mapanis can cause food poisoning. Dapat ang tubig at yelo hindi kontaminado. Pag nagka-diarrhea ang bata maapektuhan ang pag-aaral."
He also advised children to often wash their hands with soap and water, especially after using the toilet and before eating. "Dapat bawat paaralan may sapat na tubig at sabon," he stressed.
Tayag said children should also not hold their pee as this can cause infection.
"Maraming bata ang nagkakaimpeksyon dahil pinipigilan ang ihi. Dapat may regular break time sa pag-ihi," he said.
He also reminded schools about the 4 o' clock habit. "Dapat may teacher o mag-aaral na umiikot sa school tuwing 4 p.m. para tingnan kung may mga pinagbabahayan ng lamok para makaiwas sa dengue."
Tayag said if the children are sick and suffering from cough and colds, "huwag nang pumasok dahil baka makahawa pa. Magpahinga na lang sa bahay."