Doctors warn people to take precautions amid extreme heat

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Mawlamyine, April (20)

Doctors have urged the people, including the elderly, to be extra cautious as the temperature in the upper Myanmar and the entire country has risen significantly, as people can die of heatstroke.

Since the second week of April, the daytime temperature in upper Myanmar has increased to 45 degrees Celsius in places like Sagaing, Mandalay, and Magway, while it has reached 37 degrees Celsius in much of Southeast Myanmar and other places.

As temperatures are rising significantly these days, children, adults over 60, and people with underlying conditions may suffer heatstroke, and doctors are advising individuals to stay home or take precautions while traveling during this time because temperatures are rising dramatically.

A doctor has warned people to be cautious since excessive temperatures can induce heatstroke, which could kill 10 people out of every 100.

In order to prevent heatstroke during extremely hot weather, doctors have advised not to stay in direct sunlight for a long time, not to shower after 10:00 am, not to wear heat-absorbing clothing, and, for people who sweat a lot, not to drink cold drinks.

In addition, doctors warn that if muscle pain, headache, or high body temperature occur due to heatstroke, people should go to the nearest hospital or clinic for treatment, otherwise, their lives may be in danger.

An official from the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology said, “That climate change will cause extreme temperatures, and the temperature may drop in May and June. Not only Myanmar but the whole world is experiencing the effects of climate change”.

Meteorologists say that extreme temperatures cause deforestation and climate change, and that temperature depends more or less on atmospheric humidity.

In 2019, more than 30 of the nearly 200 people who suffered from heatstroke due to extreme temperatures in Myanmar died, according to data from the junta’s Ministry of Health.

News – Than Lwin Times

Photo: AFP

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