Health Ministry urges public to take prevention against heatwave



Kathmandu, April 24: The Ministry of Health and Population has urged the public to take preventive measures against the heatwave that has already started sweeping across the Terai region.     

The effects of heat waves include fast heartbeat, breathing complications, low blood pressure level, sweating, severe headache, dizziness, sickness, and so on.     

According to physician Dr Bimal Chalise, the chief consultant of Shukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital, with soaring temperatures, the Terai settlements are prone to the effects of heatwaves.     

The heatwave may affect the brain, the doctor said, urging the public to avoid exposure during daytime as much as possible during the presence of heatwaves that may cause dehydration, affecting the kidneys and heart.     

Preventive measures:     

The doctor suggests an intake of plenty of drinking water, having a cold shower, use of an umbrella during and covering of head with a thin cloth while going outside, wearing cotton clothes, choosing morning or evening hours to undertake work outside the home, intake of lemon and water, coconut water and fresh juice, intake of fruits and cucumber.     

If possible, do not go outside the home during the day, not spend much time in the kitchen, to stay away from smoking and drinking beverages, tea, coffee, and soda-mixed water. (RSS)

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