Public urged to be health-conscious during hot weather

Published on April 19, 2012 by TFP   ·   No Comments

BANGKOK, 19 April 2012 – Amid soaring temperatures in recent days, the Ministry of Public Health is urging the public to take extra care of their health, especially during their prolonged exposure to heat.

Public Health Minister Witthaya Buranasiri has instructed provincial public health offices and state hospitals to issue guidelines for the public on how to maintain personal health and steer clear of heat waves. The ministry is also coordinating with the Department of Disease Control (DDC) to closely monitor any heat-related illnesses that may occur in the meantime.

Mr. Witthaya said that as the humidity level has been high, sweat cannot evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat. Excessive heat exposure, he elaborated, can cause sickness and even death.

DDC Director-General, Dr. Pornthep Siriwanarangsan, said the country’s daily temperature is at its highest at around 1-4pm. Residents exposed to hot temperatures during this period are at risk of suffering from heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and sunburn.

He added that if any members of the public plan to participate in physical activities outside in the hot weather, they are advised to increase their fluid intake by drinking 2-4 glasses of cold water every hour. Staying indoors and in air-conditioned places as well as taking a cool shower or bath can help prevent heat-related illnesses.

For more information, Thais are urged to call the Public Health Ministry at hotline number 1422.

(NNT : Narumon Ngamsaithong)


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