DMO issues summer alert

Rainfall in district below expected level

With the mercury soaring high this summer season, district health authorities have asked the public to adopt measures to protect health and avoid sunstroke.

The District Medical Officer (DMO) has asked the public to drink adequate quantities of water to prevent dehydration and to avoid direct sunlight between 12 noon and 3 p.m. Outdoor work should ideally be avoided between 12 noon and 3 p.m., the DMO said.

Further, children should be prevented from playing in the sun. Care should also be taken not to leave children or the aged in vehicles parked outdoors during the daytime, the DMO said. If the atmospheric temperature rises above a certain level, it adversely impacts the human body, affecting bodily functions and causing dehydration and exhaustion. Labourers, elderly people and people suffering from high blood pressure are especially vulnerable, the DMO said.

If a sunburn incident is suspected, the victim should be shifted to a cooler place and rubbed down with cold water. The DMO has also asked the public to consume juices, fruits and salads during the summer.

Thiruvananthapuram district has received scant rain this summer. Between March 1 and March 13, the district received just 0.2 mm rain against the expected 9.4 mm.

Recently, the State government had also added heatwave, sunstroke and sunburn to the list of ‘State-Specific Disasters,’ making the victims eligible for distress relief from the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).

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