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Karnataka Health Department Issues Advisory Amid Rising Temperatures

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With temperatures soaring above 35 degrees Celsius in Bengaluru and several parts of Karnataka, concerns over heat-related health issues have escalated. In response, the Karnataka Health and Family Welfare department has issued a comprehensive advisory, urging residents to take precautions to protect themselves from the scorching heat.

Minister’s Concerns and Response

Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dinesh Gundu Rao, highlighted the intensifying summer heat in the state, leading to a surge in health issues such as sunstroke, migraine attacks, and skin problems. Commissioner of the Health Department, D Randeep, has instructed District Health Officers to ensure hospitals are well-equipped with life-saving medicines.

Dos and Don’ts for the Public

The Karnataka government has shared essential guidelines for the public:

Dos:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking water frequently, even if not feeling thirsty.
  • Carry water when traveling and use Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) or homemade drinks like lemon water and fruit juices.
  • Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables with high water content.
  • Wear light-colored, loose cotton garments and cover the head with umbrellas or hats when exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Stay indoors during peak afternoon hours, preferably in well-ventilated and cool places.
  • Limit outdoor activities to cooler times of the day, such as mornings and evenings.
  • Erect shelters and ensure air circulation during outdoor activities.
  • Stay informed about weather updates and take necessary precautions.

For Vulnerable Populations:

  • Infants, pregnant women, outdoor workers, and those with medical conditions require extra attention.
  • Acclimatize gradually to hot climates and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Ensure elderly or sick individuals are monitored regularly.

Don’ts:

  • Avoid outdoor activities during peak sun hours and strenuous activities in the afternoon.
  • Do not go barefoot outdoors or cook during peak summer hours.
  • Avoid alcoholic, caffeinated, or sugary drinks that contribute to dehydration.
  • Never leave children or pets in parked vehicles, as temperatures inside can become dangerous.

For Employers and Workers:

  • Provide cool drinking water and shaded work areas.
  • Schedule strenuous tasks during cooler times and increase rest breaks.
  • Educate workers on heat-related illness symptoms and implement emergency response plans.

Awareness Campaigns and Training:

  • Organize awareness campaigns, distribute informational pamphlets, and conduct training sessions to educate about the health impacts of extreme heat.

By following these guidelines, individuals can safeguard themselves and others from the adverse effects of the rising temperatures.

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