Health experts warn against heat exposure

People should take precautionary measures like change water in their air coolers regularly

APP April 21, 2019
118 first response heatwave management centres to be set up in the metropolis. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Medical practitioners on Saturday advised the public to take necessary precautions to safeguard against heat-related illnesses as the summer temperatures continue to rise.

According to experts, prolonged or intense exposure to hot temperatures can cause heat-related illnesses among citizens, especially children, such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat stroke, dengue, diarrhoea, throat infections and kidney stones.

General physician Dr Ammar talking to the media advised the public to take special preventive measures and ensure cleanliness in and around their houses to avoid the dengue virus during the summer season. Dr Ammar stressed on creating awareness among the public on how to avoid a possible outbreak of the infection that may hit the population.

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The number of dengue cases could rise even further and have also asked civic bodies to take adequate preventive measures to avoid mosquito conditions near offices and homes, he added.

People should take precautionary measures like change water in their air coolers regularly. The overhead water tanks should also be cleaned form time to time, he recommended.

Another physician Dr Jaffar said summer brings a majority of digestion related illnesses. Considering the rise in temperature every year, it is very important to manage our food habits to avoid stomach illnesses.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 21st, 2019.


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