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Essential Health Tips for El Niño in the Philippines


El Niño in the Philippines

Bakit ang init, beshie ko?! 🤸 The heat is on because our country is experiencing the effects of El Niño.


El Niño is a climate phenomenon characterized by warming sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. “Recent conditions and model forecasts indicate that El Niño may emerge in the coming season (June-July-August) at 80% probability and may persist until the first quarter of 2024,” the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on its website.


Although El Niño's effects are varied and can change based on where it occurs, we must put our health and well-being first now. In this article, we will explore some health tips to help you navigate the challenges of El Niño and maintain optimal health.


1. Stay Hydrated

Higher temperatures along with increased humidity during El Niño can result in excessive sweating and fluid loss. It's important to stay hydrated throughout the day by consuming enough water. Choose water-rich foods like fruits and vegetables, and limit your intake of dehydrating drinks like alcohol and coffee.


2. Take Steps to Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses

El Niño often brings scorching temperatures, intensifying the risk of heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke. To protect yourself, wear lightweight, breathable clothing, use sunscreen with a high SPF, seek shade or just stay indoors during the hottest part of the day.


3. Maintain a Balanced Diet

During El Niño, the climate can impact food production and availability, leading to changes in prices and quality. To maintain a healthy diet, focus on consuming a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Plan your meals and shop smartly to make the most of the available resources.


4. Exercise with Caution

To lower your chance of developing heat-related illnesses, choose indoor activities or exercise in the morning or evening. If you prefer to exercise outdoors, look for shaded areas and wear appropriate clothing to protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays.


5. Monitor Water Quality & Observe the 5S Strategy

El Niño can disrupt water systems, potentially affecting water quality. If you need to, boil your drinking water or use a purifier. Additionally, be cautious while swimming or engaging in water activities, as heavy rainfall can lead to increased waterborne diseases such as diarrhea and typhoid fever. To prevent the occurrence of dengue, the DOH reminds the school administrations and as well as the public of the 5S Strategy:

  • Search and destroy mosquito breeding sites

  • uphold Self-protection like using insect repellents

  • Seek early consultation (could be just online!)

  • Support fogging, spraying, and misting in hot spot areas

  • Sustain hydration



By following these health tips, you can navigate the challenges presented by El Niño and prioritize your and your loved ones' well-being. If you need to see a doctor for medical guidance, medication refill, and follow-up checkups, just go online! Download the Doctor Anywhere app and create an account to video-consult general practitioners and primary care doctors 24/7 on-demand or by appointment, or a specialist by appointment.

Stay healthy, stay safe, and weather the storm with confidence!



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