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Yellow Alert Issued in Eight Districts of Kerala Due to High Temperature Warning, Health Department Issues Cautionary Instructions

The state is burning. High temperature warning issued in eight districts The Meteorological Department came to the scene. The Central Meteorological Department has announced a Yellow Alert in these districts as part of the alert in the wake of extreme heat. Kollam, Kottayam and Palakkad districts are warned that the temperature may rise up to 37 degree Celsius. The weather department has warned that the temperature may rise up to 36 degrees Celsius in Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Kannur districts.

According to the Meteorological Department, the temperature in the state is likely to rise by 2-3 degrees Celsius above the normal level. According to the calculation, Punalur recorded the highest temperature in the state. 37.8 degree heat was recorded here. While the heat was rising, some areas of Thrissur, Ernakulam, Malappuram and Kozhikode districts received light rainfall. At the same time, the Meteorological Department has predicted that there is a possibility of light rain in the central and southern districts today.

Health Department Minister Veena George said that due to high heat being reported in the state, the Health Department has issued cautionary instructions for the public. Dehydration and malaise are likely to occur due to increased heat. So drink plenty of water even if you don’t feel thirsty. Be careful not to expose yourself to direct sunlight as there is a risk of sunburn. If you have to work in the sun, consider the time between 11 am and 3 pm as a rest period. The Minister stated that urgent instructions have been given to all PHC/CHC Medical Officers and Taluk/District/General Hospital/Medical College Superintendents to ensure timely diagnosis and proper treatment of heat related health problems.

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People who work in the sun for long periods of time can get sunburned, reddened, painful and burned. They should see a doctor and seek immediate treatment. Do not pop blisters. As the temperature rises, the body sweats more and loses water and salts, causing muscle cramps. Drink plenty of salted porridge water, lemon water, charcoal water etc. and rest and seek treatment at the nearest hospital if the health condition does not improve. Heat rash is when the body itches and itches due to excessive sweating during hot weather. It affects children the most. Such people should not be exposed to too much sun and should always keep the parts of the body that are affected by rashes dry.

Heat stroke/Sun stroke

If the ambient temperature rises beyond a certain limit, the heat regulation systems of the human body are damaged and the body’s heat is prevented from escaping. Then many vital functions of the body may be impaired. Such a condition is called sunstroke.

Disease symptoms

A very high body temperature (103 degrees Fahrenheit), dry and flushed body, severe headache, dizziness, slow pulse, mood changes, and subsequent unconsciousness may occur due to sunstroke. A doctor should be sought immediately.

Heat Exhaustion due to Sunburn

Heatstroke is a less severe condition than sunburn. It is a condition that occurs when a lot of water and salts are lost from the body through sweat due to extreme heat.

Disease symptoms

Symptoms of heatstroke include fatigue, dizziness, headache, muscle cramps, nausea and vomiting, unusual sweating, extreme thirst, very low and dark yellow urine, and fainting. Heat exhaustion can progress to sunburn if not treated properly

What to do in the event of sunstroke or heatstroke

· If you suspect that you have sunstroke, move from a sunny place to a cool place and rest.
· Remove any heavy clothing worn.
· Start the body with cold water.
· Give plenty of fluids to drink.
· Eat fruits and salads.
· If the health condition does not improve or there is loss of consciousness, take it to the nearest hospital and ensure treatment.

Those who need special attention

·Senior citizens (above 65 years), pregnant women, babies (below 4 years), people with serious illnesses and those working in the sun should be especially careful.

Preventive measures

  • Drink plenty of water even if you don’t feel thirsty in summer especially when the heat is intense.
  • Keep boiled water handy when traveling.
  • Avoid dehydrating drinks like alcohol, tea, coffee and carbonated soft drinks during the day.
  • Avoid letting children play in the sun. Ensure children have access to water.
  • Children and pets should not be allowed to sit in vehicles parked in the sun.
  • Cattle should not be allowed to graze in the midday sun and other domestic animals should not be tied up in the sun. Ensure access to water for animals and birds.
  • Keep the doors and windows of the house open so that the wind can come in and the heat can escape.
  • Wear loose-fitting, white or light-colored clothing.
  • Use footwear and umbrella/cap when going outside.

2024-02-22 03:14:55
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