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2 Pinoy drivers die of heart attack; heat could be trigger

15 July 2017

By Vir B. Lumicao

Two Filipino male domestic workers died of suspected heart  attacks within days of each other recently, according to the Consulate.

Their deaths came as soaring temperatures have again led the Labour

Department to advise both employers and employees to adopt measures to prevent heatstroke.

The first death occurred on June 29 when Ronald dela Cruz, an Ilocano driver in his 50s, collapsed in his workplace and was rushed to Queen Mary Hospital.

He was certified dead on arrival at the hospital, an officer of the Consulate’s assistance to nationals section told The SUN.

The ATN officer said Dela Cruz was a long-time domestic helper doing all-around tasks for a Catholic priest in Pokfulam.

De la Cruz’s wife was due to arrive on July 11 to process the documents for his repatriation and benefit claims from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

Another driver was taken to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wanchai on the morning of July 2 afterhe collapsed, but he was also certified dead on arrival.

The victim, also an Ilocano whose name the ATN officer could not immediately furnish, was employed by a German as domestic helper with driving duties.

Both deaths had been reported to the Consulate by fellow Filipino workers, the officer said.                                                                                                                                          

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Observatory had issued very hot weather warnings in past weeks as temperatures climbed to 30 degree Celsius before the recent rainy spell.

Both the Observatory and the Labour Department advised that to prevent heat stroke, everyone should avoid prolonged activities outdoors.

If engaged in outdoor work or activities, wear a wide-brimmed hat and light-colored, loose-fitting clothes, and stay in shaded areas as much as possible. Those working outdoors should drink plenty of water, and avoid beverages with caffeine or alcohol.

“If you feel sick, consult a doctor right away,” the advice said.

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