Arunachal Issues Public Health Advisory to Combat Extreme Summer Weather

Northeast Desk, 25th May: In response to escalating temperatures and humidity, Arunachal Pradesh authorities have released a detailed public health advisory to aid residents in coping with the harsh summer conditions. The advisory provides essential dos and don’ts to prevent heat-related illnesses and safeguard the well-being of all residents.

The advisory stresses the importance of staying hydrated. Residents are strongly encouraged to drink plenty of water, even when not feeling thirsty, and to carry water while traveling. The use of Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) or homemade drinks such as lemonade and fruit juice is recommended. Consuming seasonal fruits and vegetables is also advised to help maintain hydration and provide necessary nutrients.

To avoid heat exposure, people are advised to wear thin, loose-fitting cotton clothes, preferably in light colors to reflect heat. When going outdoors, it’s recommended to cover the head with an umbrella or hat and to wear shoes or chappals to protect the feet from the sun. To keep homes cool, residents should open windows at night to ensure proper ventilation.

The advisory also focuses on vulnerable groups who are at higher risk during extreme heat. These include infants and young children, pregnant women, outdoor workers, individuals with mental illnesses, people with heart disease or high blood pressure, and elderly or sick individuals living alone.

Certain activities should be avoided to prevent heat-related issues. Residents are advised to avoid going out in the sun unless absolutely necessary and to minimize strenuous activities during the daytime. The advisory warns against consuming alcohol, tea, coffee, and high-sugar drinks like sodas, as these can lead to dehydration. Additionally, children, pets, and elderly individuals should not be left in parked vehicles, and stale food should be avoided to prevent foodborne illnesses.

By adhering to these guidelines, the authorities aim to mitigate the adverse effects of extreme heat and protect the health of the community.

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