The Department of Health (DOH) reminds the public to stay safe in preparation of the annual observance of All Saints’ Day on November 1st.

The public is advised to bring their own food and water in cemeteries or memorial parks to avoid food-borne illnesses such as diarrhea, which may be contracted from unsafe food items by peddlers and ambulant vendors. Ambulant vendors are likewise advised to observe cleanliness in preparing food for mass consumption and Local Government Units (LGUs) are advised to closely monitor and regulate these vendors.
“Food-borne illnesses are usually caused by food for mass consumption which were not cooked, stored, or handled properly. Establishments that prepare, serve, and distribute food for mass consumption should guarantee food safety so that food-borne illnesses and outbreaks may be prevented,” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III explained.
Commuters should carefully plan their trips, bring water to avoid dehydration, bring umbrellas for protection from rain or sunlight, and be extra patient as a high volume of passengers traveling to the provinces is expected. Motorists are reminded not to drink alcohol and drive, and avoid overloading vehicles to avoid untoward incidents.
The health chief also advises parents and caregivers not to bring their babies and young children to cemeteries, who are more vulnerable to infections, to avoid risks of exposure to diseases. On the same note, the elderly is advised to stay at home, especially if they have existing medical conditions, or do not have any companion going to the cemeteries.

Meanwhile, all DOH-retained hospitals and regional offices are on Code White Alert status from October 30, 2018 until November 2, 2018. Hospital staff are on-call to respond to any health emergency. The DOH through the Health Emergency Management Bureau Operations Center (HEMB-OpCen), in collaboration with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and Local Government Units (LGUs), are constantly monitoring any incident for a coordinated health emergency response.  
“The DOH looks forward to a safe and disease-free commemoration of this Filipino tradition of remembering our deceased loved ones. Let us use this day to spend time with our respective families,” the Secretary stated.

DOH Hotlines are available should the public need health assistance: (02) 711-1001 or (02) 711-1002.