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Heat Wave Alert

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Following the advice from the Department of Meteorological Services about very hot prevailing temperatures, the Ministry of Health and Wellness advices the public to:
  • Drink plenty of fluids or water regularly and often even if they do not feel thirsty
  • School children should wear sunhats or use umbrellas as they walk back home from school
  • Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine
  • NEVER leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles or space
  • People with chronic diseases should take maximum precautions to protect themselves from the heat
  • Stay indoors as much as possible or under a shade
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light coloured clothing that will cover as much skin as possible
  • Avoid exposure to excessive sunshine
  • Avoid strenuous activity and take frequent breaks if they must work outdoors 
  • Keep cool air inside the house or work place; postpone outdoor games and activities where possible.

Maximum temperatures are reported to reach

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40oC and more over the country, and as a result of such high temperatures individuals may experience heat cramps, heat stroke, heat exhaustion and severe sun burn. Furthermore, the heat wave will severely affect old age group and specifically people with chronic diseases such as Hypertension, Asthma, Respiratory illness, and many more. 

Individuals experiencing these symptoms are advised to visit the nearest health facility. All public health facilities are on high alert to provide the necessary care and support.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue to monitor the situation and will keep up dating the public. For further information please call the Ministry of Health and Wellness toll free number 0800 600 740.

 

Doreen F. Motshegwa Chief Public Relations Officer/For Permanent Secretary



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