PANAJI: Entire Goa is in the grip of an intense heat wave for the last week. Day temperatures in in the state crossed 35 C on Wednesday.
While living in different regions of the state has already become difficult owing to the soaring mercury and sweltering conditions, the breakout of various ailments is also not ruled out.
Heat-related illnesses can be best prevented if the vulnerable populations/ communities are made aware of prevention tips basic dos and Don’ts through the effective use of various media.
Physicians and pharmacists must have knowledge of effective prevention and first-aid treatment of heat-related illnesses.
It is also crucial to have an awareness of the potential side effects of prescription drugs during hot weather, to ensure the mitigation of heat illnesses.
Below are a few heat wave Dos and DON’Ts to keep you cool during the scorching heat and prevent heat-related diseases.
Listen to Radio; watch TV; read Newspaper for local weather news or download weather information related mobile app; Drink sufficient water and as often as possible, even if not thirsty.
Wear light weight, light- colored, loose, and porous cotton clothes; Use protective goggles, umbrella/hat, shoes or chappals while going out in sun.
Carry water with you while travelling; f) If you work outside, use a hat or an umbrella and also use a damp cloth on your head, neck, face and limbs.
Use ORS, coconut water homemade drinks like lassi, torani (rice water), lemon water, buttermilk, etc. which help to re-hydrate the body. Open doors and windows to ventilate cooking area adequatel.
Visit a doctor immediately, if you feel faint or ill; keep animals in shade and give them plenty of water to drink; keep some drinking water for birds in small pots on the roof/balcony.
Keep your home cool, use curtains, shutters or sunshade and open windows at night; use fans, damp clothing and take bath in cold water frequently; provide cool drinking water near work place and caution workers to avoid direct sunlight
Schedule strenuous jobs to cooler times of the day; q) Increase the frequency and length of rest breaks for outdoor activities and give additional attention to the pregnant workers and others with a medical condition.