Isabela town told to guard against respiratory diseases brought by cold weather

ECHAGUE, Isabela — The municipal health office here has advised Echaguenos to brace for the cold weather — and the illnesses that come with it — after temperatures dropped to 16 degrees Celcius.

Assistant municipal health officer, Dr. Gretchen Abuena, said 70 percent of their patients are children and adults suffering from respiratory illnesses, such as cough and colds.

Abuena told Echaguenos to increase their intake of nutritious food, take Vitamin C and other food supplements, and seek medical attention at the first sign of an illness to prevent it from worsening.

The town has been registering 16 degrees Celsius during mornings and evenings, as cloudy skies to mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers prevail over Isabela province. The state weather bureau, PAGASA, said the country will feel the cold weather until February, prompting health authorities to advise people to wrap themselves in warm clothing and take the necessary precautions to guard against respiratory illnesses.