Doctors advise on heat-related illness as temperatures forecasted to reach 40 degrees Celsius

New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) As the mercury is set to reach 40 degrees Celsius, doctors are advising caution on heat-related illnesses. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts a rise in temperatures in the coming week in the national capital and other parts of the country are already facing severe heat levels.

“Be cautious. Watch for symptoms like dizziness, disorientation, or warm, wet skin. These could indicate cardiovascular distress from extreme heat,” said Pankaj Chaudhary, Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine, Max Hospital, Vaishali.

The Health Ministry held a review meeting on public health preparedness for heat-related illnesses and stressed the importance of timely awareness on preventive measures. Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya emphasized the need for staying cool and safe during heatwaves.

“Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, even if one is not thirsty, and opt for water or non-alcoholic, decaffeinated beverages,” advised Mohan Kumar Singh, Senior Consultant – Internal Medicine, Marengo Asia Hospital, Gurugram. Dehydration poses serious risks, so it is essential to stay hydrated and take necessary precautions against excessive sun exposure.

Doctors recommended wearing sunscreen, hats, and staying in the shade to minimize sun exposure. They also advised avoiding strenuous exercise during peak heat hours and wearing loose, lightweight, and light-colored clothing to stay comfortable in hot weather conditions.


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