Heat Wave Health Tips: India reported the warmest February this year since 1877. Mercury has started to sour at several places and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned for above-normal temperatures this summer. People have been advised to brace for the warmer season this time. Considering the substantial deviation from expected normal temperatures, the Centre has written to the state government to start daily surveillance on heat-related illness starting today i.e. March 1.
Health secretary Rajesh Bhushan has asked officials to provide all the necessary information to every district for effective preparedness of the health department and health facilities. Bhushan said that the daily surveillance under National Programme on Climate Change and Human Health (NPCCHH) will be conducted in all states.
Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry has prepared a list of ‘dos and don’ts’ for protection against the expected heat wave. The list has been issued as the IMD has issued its first heat warning for this year.
Heat Wave Health Tips: Dos And Don’ts
As part of a national action plan on heat-related illness, citizens have been advised to avoid high-protein food and cooking during the peak summer hours. Also, citizens have been asked to avoid going out in the sun, especially between 12 noon and 3 pm.
The advisory, issued by the health ministry, has also asked people to drink sufficient water whenever possible. People have been also advised to drink water even if not thirsty.
Heat Wave Health Tips: Consume homemade drinks, fruits
The advisory said that people should use Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS). Also, they are advised to consume homemade drinks like buttermilk, lassi, lemon water and fruit juices with some added salt. Stay indoors in well-ventilated and cool places is always better.
Also, fruits such as watermelon, cucumber, and orange should be consumed.
Heat Wave Health Tips: Use cotton garments
One should opt for thin, loose and cotton garments. Light-coloured clothes should be given preference and people are advised to cover their heads using umbrella, hat, cap, towel and other traditional head gears when walking outside in direct sunlight.